On a mostly partisan vote of 230-197, the Republican-controlled House approved the stopgap funds, sending the bill to the Senate for consideration before the looming deadline and as President Donald Trump pushed hard for a measure he can sign. But the last-minute addition of CHIP funding to the stopgap bill is not benign: Democrats are arguing that Republicans only included the funding as a bargaining chip, while Republicans are using the measure to say Democrats who vote against the spending bill are voting against funding healthcare for millions of children.
But the Democrats are demanding concessions on immigration to protect the so-called Dreamers, the young immigrants brought to the us illegally as children. Because there has yet to be a deal on the fate of a program that protects 700,000 illegal immigrants (a program that doesn't expire until March).
Since then, Senate Democrats (and even some Republicans) have refused to vote for a government budget without some sort of deal for DACA participants.
Republicans are now accusing Senate Democrats of taking the government hostage and harming government employees, who could face delays in paychecks, to obtain its demands.
If no deal is reached, the federal government will enter a partial shutdown at midnight.
Vice President Mike Pence is also scheduled to leave Washington Friday evening for his three-country swing to the Middle East. Pence will go to Egypt, Israel and Jordan.
Trump chastised Democrats for not backing the GOP version of the bill that passed the House late Thursday.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California ) told CNN that "shutting down the government is a very serious thing".
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This is not a big political victor for Chuck Schumer and the Democrats, and this explains why Joe Manchin says he would vote to keep the government open and Claire McCaskill sounded unenthusiastic about a government shutdown.
Schumer did propose a funding bill that would last only a few days to give lawmakers time to hash out an agreement on the immigration program.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, responding to Mr McConnell, said: "We all know what the problem is".
Kimmel also mocked President Donald Trump for not having a full grasp on what is at stake. McConnell needs 60 votes - meaning some Democratic support - to clear that procedural hurdle.
"We don't want this". But many other government services would cease.
Senate Democrats don't, at the moment, appear to be bluffing that they'll oppose ending debate on this short-term funding bill.
Trump added: "We are going to fund our military; we're going to have a military like we've never had before because we've just about, just about never needed our military more than now".
When President Trump made a decision to rescind the program last fall, he technically gave a March deadline for Congress to solve it legislatively (and a court has since temporarily blocked his phaseout).
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