Clock Ticks Down to Possible US Government Shutdown

Clock Ticks Down to Possible US Government Shutdown

It's unclear how a government shutdown would affect either party in this year's midterm elections in November. The stance is a change from previous shutdowns when most parks were closed and became high-profile symbols.

Those shifting accounts have now proved to be the defining part of a still unresolved effort to keep the government open.

"We're still optimistic that we can" get a deal done, Sanders said. Trump said in another tweet that described Mexico as "now rated the most unsafe country in the world". At other points, he said the deal needed to fund the border wall.

Senate Republicans leaders have convinced themselves Democrats will have to peel off to support the spending package the House would send over.

"He is willing to give an amnesty to hundreds of thousands, if not a million or more, illegal immigrants who, by and large, were brought here through no fault of their own", Cotton said. The White House later said the president fully backed the proposal pending in the House of Representatives, which includes the insurance plan. "As a longtime member of the Appropriations Committee, I know the importance of funding the military and government agencies for a full-year". He said Trump is being "completely rational" in demanding that the bill have stronger border security provisions than a bipartisan immigration proposal from six senators that he rejected last week. "He will not let it be held hostage by Democrats".

Trump cast his support for the measure into doubt earlier Thursday with a tweet that criticized the length of the CHIP reauthorization. Mike Rounds, who has backed the bipartisan immigration bill, announced he would not vote for a weeks-long short-term funding extension, saying good governance requires a long-term solution instead of short-term fixes.

Key government bodies such as the White House, Congress, State Department and Pentagon would remain operational, but would likely furlough some staff.

'We do support the short-term CR, ' White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters, referring to the so-called continuing resolution.

"I have confidence we'll pass this because I think members understand why on earth would we want to have a shutdown, hurt the military and then the sequester on the military starts kicking in in due time".

Many members of the Freedom Caucus, a band of roughly 30 conservative hard-liners, are anxious that the CR will hurt the military. And Republicans have their own interest in making sure a lapse in government funding doesn't occur, particularly when they control all the levers of government.

But the members of the party with the power in that decision - a handful of Senate Democrats from states President Donald Trump won in 2016- represent relatively small populations of Latino voters. In his latest round of tweets on January 16, Trump spoke out even further [VIDEO]. He said on his way in that he was there "for our military" and said if a shutdown happens, the "worst thing is what happens to our military".

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.

Republicans and Democrats are scrambling to avert the shutdown, which could come at midnight Friday. "You're going to vote against children's health?" They say the four-week duration of the House continuing resolution is too long and would take the pressure off of immigration negotiations.

Federal financing for the program that serves almost 9 million children expired in October and several states are close to exhausting their money, and Congress has passed several short-term patches to keep their programs afloat. The fight over the fate of the "dreamers" - some 700,000 people who were brought to the children and are now here illegally - is increasingly becoming a test of Democrats' progressive mettle, surpassing health care or taxes as the top year-two priority for the liberal base.

With Graham a "no", Republicans will need at least 10 Democrats to join them in supporting the bill - and possibly 11 if Sen.

The last-minute confusion over CHIP further complicates spending negotiations that were stalled when Trump rejected a bipartisan Senate immigration plan meant to pave the way for a long-term spending agreement.