Senate takes shutdown drama into final day

The bill now heads to the Senate for a final vote, where its prospects are unclear.

He also expressed frustration in short-term spending bills, saying it "should be handled a lot differently than it's been handled over the last period of time". Keep the government open, fund CHIP. The Senate was debating Thursday night about how to fund the government.

The House passed a last-minute bill to avoid a government shutdown Thursday night, sending it to the Senate, where it faces a much higher hurdle on the way to President Donald Trump's desk.

There, increasing opposition from Senate Democrats and some Republicans unhappy with inaction on a plan to protect young immigrants in the country illegally from deportation raised the possibility lawmakers won't reach a deal by Friday's deadline. They had been protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama executive order that Trump has rescinded.

Senate Democrats also oppose the measure in part because of the immigration issue, the report said.

On the Senate floor, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pitched a very short term continuing resolution, to give senators a few more days to work through their differences, unlike the plan passed out of the House that keeps the government running until mid February, but initial reactions to that idea from McConnell's aides were skeptical, CNN reported.

Lawmakers had two options: Agree to a one month, temporary spending measure, known on Capitol Hill as a continuing resolution (CR), or shut down the government until funding could be agreed on. Trump's historically poor popularity and a string of Democratic special election victories have fueled that party's hopes of capturing control of the House and perhaps the Senate.

In remarks to reporters outside the Pentagon Thursday, Trump focused on the military again. "If he hadn't rescinded it, we wouldn't be here today", Schumer said.

"Typical. Democrats threaten to defund military, shut down fed gov't to grant citizenship to illegal aliens". Six Democrats, a mix of Hispanic and moderate legislators, backed the bill. Later the group's chairman Mark Meadows, met with Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. "Now, I'm not saying they won't have the votes...."

"When are our Republican leaders going to learn that the best way to govern, the best way to accomplish things, is to talk to us?"

"For right now, the first bite of the apple is to solve the DACA problem, issue, to have the border secured and [close] some of the loopholes", Kelly told reporters.

"This is like giving you a bowl of doggie-do, putting a cherry on top and calling it a chocolate sundae", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said about the addition of CHIP funding to the bill. He said many bills that have already been introduced individually could be packaged into a single spending bill that would last through the end of the fiscal year in September. They would need 218 votes, which the 246-seat caucus ostensibly has. "So there's very, very strong support not to go along with their deal". "Every time we delay, we put off addressing things like the opioid epidemic, veterans' needs, and hurricane relief".

"They're going to whip it and help us get to 218", House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Raul Labrador said of leadership's commitments to bring his immigration bill, co-sponsored with House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte, up for a vote.

The need for 10 Democrats presumes full Republican support, but as of yet, the bill does not have that.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is one of those senators who said he'd oppose the spending measure. And he made similar remarks later on Fox News Channel.

"I have no interest in shutting the government down", said Brown.

"We always get blamed even though it's their fault", said Sen.

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