House Passes measure to avoid government shutdown 230-197

House Passes measure to avoid government shutdown 230-197

House Passes measure to avoid government shutdown 230-197

WASHINGTON, D.C.: With barely two days before the U.S. government runs out of money, and President Donald Trump feuding with Democrats over immigration, Republican congressional leaders scrambled on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) to avoid an embarrassing federal shutdown. Republicans, including those inside the Trump administration, had planned to use funding for children's health care program to woo Democratic votes for the short-term spending bill.

Many Senate Democrats as well as some Republicans have revealed their opposition to the stopgap spending plan. While most members of Congress say they need to reauthorize the program, Democrats, in particular, have said that the issue should be decoupled from the spending bill. Democrats are intent on securing concessions that would, among other things, protect from deportation young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, increase domestic spending, aid Puerto Rico and bolster the government's response to the opioid crisis.

The bill would keep the government running past Friday's deadline for four more weeks, through February 16, but Democrats are likely to reject the measure without a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President Donald Trump is ending this year.

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Schumer said Thursday morning that the House CR would not be acceptable to Senate Democrats. "Democrats are angry, they are organized and they are voting and Republicans aren't and if that doesn't change we are going to get our butts whipped in 2018". "It takes 60 votes, and Republicans don't have 60 votes".

Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus largely backed the measure, after spending much of the day in negotiations with the White House and GOP leaders over concerns about military funding levels and the larger debate between the White House and Capitol Hill over immigration reform. "We know that CHIP needs to be funded, we know that community health centers [need to be funded], so let's sit down and figure it out", Tester said.

The Republican noted there's never been a government shutdown when both houses of Congress and the presidency were controlled by same party.

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If the Senate does not pass the bill by Friday night, the government will shut down for the first time since 2013. It's entirely possible that the Senate will start holding procedural votes as soon as later tonight.

Support for the plan was already wavering when President Donald Trump sent out a tweet on CHIP.

Grassley noted he doesn't think "Democrats want to be guilty of shutting down government".

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