The budget negotiations, conducted chiefly by the Senate's top leaders, Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Chuck Schumer of NY, have intensified in recent days - and the looming government shutdown at midnight Thursday added urgency to the talks.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spent more than eight hours on the House floor Wednesday protesting the spending bill for not including an immigration package - but then called the bill "good" during a news conference Thursday.
The latest deal still has to pass the House, however, and many Democrats are expected to oppose it as it does not contain specific protections for Dreamers. She declared the agreement "does not have my support, nor does it have the support of a large number of members of our caucus". When asked by reporters whether she would whip her members to vote against it, though, she replied, "I'm just telling people why I'm voting the way I'm voting". "There's all kinds of ways, I assure you", he told Politico's Heather Caygle, "that leadership exercises its influence - the least of which is a floor speech".
The deal had been picking up steam even as the president appeared to be readying for a standoff.
"We have to be strong as a country.to respect the aspirations of people who are our future", the leader said on the House floor.
The 77-year-old California Democrat was able to pull off the speech, likened to a Senate 'filibuster, ' due to a rule that gives both leaders the ability to talk ad nauseam once recognized. The increase would be divided nearly equally - $165 billion for military spending and $131 billion for domestic program spending. Anything less will be a vote for funds that could be used to detain and deport Dreamers at the hands of Trump's turbocharged deportation force.
Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island described the difficulty Democrats will face, saying that they sent a list of priorities to Republican leaders and it could be tough to reject a deal with the majority of them included.
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Tuesday night's 245-182 House vote, mostly along party lines, set the machinery in motion.
Prospects for dealing with immigration, however, were fuzzy as ever.
Weeks of bargaining have left the two parties divided over how to extend protections for such immigrants.
If Congress doesn't pass a DACA plan, the program will expire on March 5. The source said there is a lot in the deal that many Democrats support, including the increase in domestic programs.
The result could be the return of trillion-dollar deficits for the first time since Obama's first term. "It's going to need bipartisan support".
It's clear that Senate Democrats have no appetite for another government shutdown.