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Paul Ryan presses Democrats to back bill preventing government shutdown

Paul Ryan presses Democrats to back bill preventing government shutdown

"If the Democrats choose to shut down the government, if that hypothetical situation happens, then yes of course the Senate will remain in session", said Antonia Ferrier, a spokeswoman for McConnell.

The Republican leadership has little room for error with Democrats threatening to withhold their support from any bill that does not reinstate protections for people brought to the USA illegally as minors, commonly referred to as "Dreamers". There are defense hawks who are very wary of voting for it without a deal in place to raise the cap on defense spending.

Talks among a bipartisan group of leaders of both the House and Senate convened Wednesday, but participants reported little progress.

"He's undermining his Republican team", said Sen. Mike Rounds, who has backed the bipartisan immigration bill, announced he would not vote for a weeks-long short-term funding extension, saying good governance requires a long-term solution instead of short-term fixes.

In a bid to entice Democrats' support - or hammer them for lack of it - House Speaker Paul Ryan included a six-year extension of the popular Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, into the measure. The GOP is counting on support from some Democrats, including from among the 10 who are up for election in November in states won by Trump.

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., proposed passing an even shorter stop-gap measure, perhaps just one week, and keep the Senate in session until they reach a deal on DACA and how to move forward on spending.

"I think cool heads hopefully will prevail", Ryan told reporters. They say the four-week duration of the House continuing resolution is too long and would take the pressure off of immigration negotiations. The talks were on legislation aimed at shielding the hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. "They know they can't possibly explain to our warfighters and veterans, to our seniors, to our opioid treatment centers, to the millions of vulnerable children and their families who depend on S-CHIP for coverage, or to all the Americans who rely on the federal government for critical services like food inspections and Social Security checks".

"No DACA", said Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV).

It seems certain that no immigration accord will be reached this week, in time to affect the outcome on the vote on the separate bill preventing a federal shutdown.

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A shutdown would begin just after Friday's midnight deadline- Saturday being the one year-anniversary of President Trump's inauguration.

Temporary government funding runs out January 19 and the House and Senate will have to pass a temporary extension to avoid a partial shutdown of the federal government. They added a two-year delay on implementation of unpopular taxes on medical devices and generous employer-subsidized health care plans. To prove his point, Trump noted how Apple announced on Wednesday that it would pay $38 billion in taxes on cash it has been keeping overseas and pledged to create 20,000 jobs and invest $30 billion in United States facilities over the next five years. The overall measure would fund the government through February 16 and was well received by most GOP lawmakers when Ryan proposed it Tuesday.

Former Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) suggested that, if House Republicans could send a bill with additional military funding to the Senate, it would be tough on the most vulnerable Democrats to oppose that bill, which in turn could force more Democrats to support it.

House passage came only after conservatives secured a promise from House Speaker Paul Ryan that he would soon advance some type of legislation to bolster USA military readiness, said Republican Representative Mark Meadows.

"It's content is bipartisan; there are no provisions that any of my Democratic friends oppose", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said of the House-passed bill.

Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Virginia Democratic Sens.

"But overall, it's a deal we can probably support", he said.

The bill would offer a pathway to citizenship for eligible young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, allocate almost $3 billion to a border wall and technology, limit sponsorship of family members by recipients of the program and reallocate diversity lottery visas to other immigration programs.


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