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Immigration tensions roil US Congress as shutdown looms

Immigration tensions roil US Congress as shutdown looms

"I don't think they'd want to shut down".

Hoyer's remarks echoed those of many Democrats, who said they are unlikely to support any measure without a deal on DACA, which has been thrown into question by the president's vulgar remarks last week about immigrants from African countries.

"To me, populism was the Bannon position", said Larry Kudlow, referring to the former White House strategist, now pariah, Stephen K. Bannon.

"Nobody wins a government shutdown battle but I do know one thing: If it happens it will be because a bipartisan compromise was rejected by Republicans", Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., that would pair protections for the young immigrants with border security money and other measures.

The race is being watched nationally as an indicator of whether Democrats can be competitive in Republican-leaning congressional districts ahead of November's midterm elections, when control of both houses of Congress will be at stake.

But if House Republican leaders can't find enough votes for a temporary spending bill, it will be because a combination of Democrats and Republican spending hawks wouldn't support it - complicating efforts to point fingers across the partisan aisle. Vote counters gauged GOP support Wednesday in advance of a vote planned for Thursday. She said they plan to continue pushing him in order to get him to take action.

California Democratic Representative Jackie Speier, however, told the outlet she would not vote in favor of the bill.

"Honestly, I don't think the Democrats want to make a deal", Trump told reporters Sunday at his golf club in Florida, where he was spending the weekend.

But the chances for a deal seemed to be much worse now than a week ago, when the President in a Tuesday meeting had told lawmakers to do all they could to reach an immigration agreement.

Another Democratic Senator from a Trump-friendly state, Joe Donnelly, of IN, said he is "still looking at the process" for the continuing resolution that will need to pass both chamber this week.

"They have a disproportionate focus on the border more than anything else", Sen.

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"Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting", Trump tweeted. I want to begin to fix a broken immigration system. The bill would set up another possible showdown in mid-February, with government funding set to expire Feb. 16.

Some Democrats have said that if there's no congressional fix by Friday, we could be headed for a government shutdown.

"LATE LAST NIGHT, in the bowels of the Capitol, HOUSE REPUBLICANS snacked on Carmine's Italian food - the smell was really, really strong - and heard their leadership's most recent plan to keep the government open", Politico reported in its newsletter. They added a two-year delay on implementation of unpopular taxes on medical devices and generous employer-subsidized health care plans.

The measure would extend the low-income children's health insurance program for six years while delaying some key Obamacare taxes for two years. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.)-are taking hardline stances on a spending deal, insisting on voting down any government-funding bill that does not protect so-called "Dreamers", immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children, from deportation.

But some conservatives have yet to be won over. We cannot afford to keep kicking this can down the road.

Republican leaders don't expect to have enough time to write a fiscal year spending bill even if they get a breakthrough in negotiations this week, according to the person, who asked for anonymity because the talks are private.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate and most legislation requires 60 votes for passage.

When the Senate approved a similar short-term spending bill in December, 17 Democrats plus ME independent Angus King voted to keep the government open.

But the shift hasn't just been in Wisconsin, as Democrats have seen their vote share increase across the board, in red states like Oklahoma and South Dakota, red districts in Georgia and SC, and then in a big upset win in December in Alabama, where Doug Jones won a U.S. Senate seat.

"Succumbing to a president who appears to want a racial litmus test on immigration would be a slap in the face to Americans who believe in the Statue of Liberty". It has protected around 800,000 young immigrants from deportation.


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