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February 21 2018, 05:29 | Perry Erickson
Congress Likely Racing Toward a Government Shutdown
"The deadline to fund the government is almost upon us".
As the day wound down, and the shutdown countdown clocks on cable TV continued to tick away, Schumer left the White House without announcing any breakthroughs and went back to Capitol Hill to confer with his Democratic colleagues.
"And now they are threatening to crowd out the needs of veterans, military families, opioid treatment centres and every other American who relies on the federal government - all over illegal immigration".
"Last night, the Senate began consideration of a bill passed by the House which would erase these threats". Joe Donnelly of IN and later Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota - to say that they would vote to keep the government open. This vote should be a 'no-brainer'. Democrats, meantime, have insisted on a deal that would also protect young immigrants who came to the country illegally as children.
"We discussed all of the major outstanding issues".
"If that means shutting down funding for veterans, military families, opioid treatment centers, and even federal grants to his home state of NY - so be it". In short, a shutdown doesn't leave the USA defenseless, it's just not a particularly desirable situation.
Other Democratic senators who voted for the last stopgap appear ready to vote "no" now, including Tom Carper of DE and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A sticking point has been the deportation threat hanging over more than 700,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the USA as children What's the problem? To even repeat this position out loud is to see how completely ridiculous it is.
Senate Republicans will need at least 10 Democrats to back the bill in a chamber they control with just 51 votes.
"Perhaps he is remembering his own words from 2013".
Democrats in the Senate have served notice they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that cleared the House Thursday evening.
Federal courts, where the Trump administration is now battling an order to undo his decision to end the DACA programme, will continue but are subject to disruption. They noted that last week, Mr. Trump torpedoed a bipartisan proposal to resolve the fate of the Dreamers. We can not guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired.
"We have another six weeks to solve that problem". Now he is calling on them to do just that.
TRUMP: "If the country shuts down, which could very well be, the budget should be handled a lot differently than it's been handled over the last long period of time - many years". One extremely short-term CR would lead to another...and another.
Walker and other Republicans are hoping Trump will help get out the message that it's Democrats' fault the government is shutting down. Meantime, the blame game raged between Democrats and Republicans. The 850,000 federal workers who would be furloughed without pay might be wondering what they'll do without a paycheck, but in Congress and the White House the question that remains is the one posed by The Washington Post: "Who will win in the court of public opinion?" We have a bill that we know the president will sign into law-he's already committed to that.
"The Republican majority has failed in 119 days to produce a budget for the United States of America", said Sen. "Stop playing political football with the health care of our children." - tweets Thursday.
Mr Trump wants funding for tough new border controls, including his proposed US-Mexico wall.
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President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning to express his displeasure with Senate Democrats with hours to go before the government potentially shuts down. It's really up to them. "No, no", he told reporters. "We made good progress and will continue".
The President sought to frame the debate ahead of the vote, warning of the impact of a shutdown on the military.
Lindsey Graham, of SC, says he is opposed because he wants more military spending and an immigration deal. I would recommend they stop the wild goose chase that will go to a destination that can not be explained.
Congress has been struggling for months to agree on long-term government funding levels and the immigration issue.
"We think the government will come to its senses".