Despite Baldwin's financial advantage, the spending by outside Republican groups to target the first-term Democrat is soaring and already exceeded $3 million by the end of a year ago.
It was during Oval Office negotiations over a potential DACA replacement last week that, in the course of dismissing one deal negotiated by Senate Democrats and Republicans, Trump used a vulgar word to describe African countries and wondered why the US doesn't get more immigrants from places like Norway.
While a bipartisan group of senators claimed to have struck a deal that would shield DACA recipients from deportations and address border security, President Donald Trump roundly rejected their plan at an Oval Office meeting late last week. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., one of the six senators who crafted the bipartisan proposal, said after the meeting. Jeff Flake, a Trump critic, told reporters.
The Trump administration was "out in front, advancing their agenda and they were basically getting away with it", said Frank Sharry of America's Voice, an immigrant rights group.
"Washington and Wisconsin are two very different places", Walker said. "Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military".
If Congress approves a temporary "continuing resolution" to keep the government funded through February 16, it would be the fourth such measure since the 2018 federal fiscal year began on October 1.
"No one wants to be a sacrificial lamb, but [Republicans] don't even appear to be trying in some of these states", said Shripal Shah of American Bridge - a Democratic super PAC.
"We'll see what they present".
Ryan says Democrats shouldn't block a spending bill providing money for the military and children's health insurance to get their way on immigration. Democrats have benefited from significant recruitment advantages - there are at least a half dozen former Army Rangers and Navy SEALs running as Democrats this year, for example - as Republicans struggle to persuade incumbents to run for re-election. Republicans have said this notion of "parity" is a non-starter.
When asked about the fact that if enough Democrats vote against the bill, they could prevent the government from being funded, he responded: "If if if if if if if". Without passage of another short-term bill, the federal government would shut down.
"We will have to do something short-term", Ryan admitted last week during remarks at the University of Wisconsin-Milwuakee.
In the House, Republicans have a larger margin but they may face a revolt from within their own ranks for a short-term spending bill, also known as a continuing resolution or "CR".
Negotiations over a broader budget agreement have stalled over several issues, but the two biggest sticking points are: total spending levels for fiscal year 2018, which began in October, and protections for the so-called Dreamers, immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as children. But the Senate declined to take it up after concerns from Democrats that, among other issues, it did not go almost far enough to help Puerto Rico, where more than a third of the island remains without electricity. Having caused the current impasse by repealing DACA, Trump could just as easily resolve it by reinstating DACA. "Not gonna happen", one said bluntly.
Aides to congressional negotiators are set to meet Tuesday to attempt to strike a deal before the approaching deadline.
Then there are Democrats who scent a chance to stand firm on immigration to woo 2020 primary voters, who will pick who will duel an apparently weakened President for the White House.
"I would hope the President and Republican leaders wouldn't want to humiliate themselves by not going forward with what we agreed to", Leahy said, turning around and acknowledging how vague he'd been as he walked into an elevator.
"We've heard this before".
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