Trump slams Senate Dems as shutdown looms

Trump slams Senate Dems as shutdown looms

Schumer and Senate Democrats have refused to support a bill passed by the House on Thursday that would fund the government until February 16.

"But Senate Democrats said they would likely block the measure unless President Donald Trump and Republicans include protection for young immigrants". The measure would also fund the low-income children's health insurance program, or CHIP, for six years and delay some taxes that are key sources of funding for Obamacare.

But a mix of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate who oppose the House bill for varying reasons left the measure in a precarious spot.

At the heart of Democrats' concerns is the almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children and are now in the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program - a temporary visa program enacted by former President Barack Obama in 2012 but never signed into law.

"I am trying to get us to come together in a bipartisan nature to get something done", said Schumer.

House Republicans voted Thursday to keep the government open, but many are anxious that the Senate will not be able to agree on a proposed spending plan.

Senators sparred on the floor Thursday evening, but didn't get anywhere, according to ABC News.

Lindsey Graham, the senior senator from SC, told MSNBC that he is still a "no" on the legislation passed by the House on Thursday that would keep the government open for 30 days but do nothing to protect beneficiaries of President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

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Congressional Democrats have pushed for the short-term spending bill to include a fix for the 800,000 DACA recipients, who will lose their protection from deportation March 5, unless Congress acts.

"We want to move forward, we want to get something done, we don t want to keep kicking the can down the road", Schumer said.

Schumer asked how can senators negotiate when the president, who has to sign the legislation, "is like a sphinx on this issue, or says one thing one day and one thing the next?"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reportedly was preparing to hold the Senate in session through the weekend if Democrats do not agree to a funding measure Friday.

During the 2013 and 1995-96 shutdowns, Republicans were blamed for grinding the government to a halt. Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate. However, it does not contain a solution for the so-called "dreamers", the undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as small children. Nonessential federal workers are furloughed, which means they are sent home and docked pay. Senate Republican leaders were working through scenarios that could force Democrats up for re-election in 2018 to take politically challenging votes for days after the missed deadline.

Ultimately, 11 Republicans voted against the bill Thursday night, while just six Democrats voted in favor of it.

"There's also a pension issue that I think is not widely known, but is a long-standing unevolved issue that would be addressed in this", said Coons. The official said the administration was banking on a less than 50 percent chance of a shutdown.

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