Republicans scramble for votes as threat of a government shutdown looms

President Trump with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn og Texas and Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell of Kentucky speaks to reporters after a recent retreat where GOP leaders made plans for 2018

Shutdown watch: Are there enough House Republicans to keep the government open?

"And he's not yet indicated what measure he's willing to sign".

Arriving at the Pentagon for a visit, Trump told reporters the government "could very well" shut down on Friday. That's because Democrats want the two measures to move together. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, already threatening to vote against a short-term spending bill, McConnell may need even more than nine Democrats to get the House's version of the bill across the finish line in the Senate.

"President Trump and the Republicans have a choice: They can either come to the table and negotiate in good faith on a responsible funding agreement and protection for dreamers - or they can cause a government shutdown", said Sen.

It was during that meeting that Trump questioned why the US would want more immigrants from "shithole countries" in Africa.

"Why would they filibuster government funding and shut down vital programs for Americans because we have not yet agreed on the best way to settle an unrelated issue?"

Like McConnell, Durbin expressed frustration with what he said were unclear and ever-changing demands form the White House on the immigration front.

That push ended abruptly Thursday when a bipartisan group of senators went to the White House with a deal that would have restored DACA and increased funding for border security, only to be met with a questions from Trump about why the United States should take immigrants from Africa and Haiti, which he referred to as "s--hole countries", according to multiple reports based on interviews with attendees at the meeting, including Democratic Sen. I want to begin to fix a broken immigration system.

If the government closes and its employees are furloughed, it will be the first time under unified party control of Congress and the White House. So, getting their votes on their own, however much they hate continuing resolutions, is the logical path forward. John McCain, R-Ariz., is not in Washington when the vote occurs.

But other Democrats downplayed the level of opposition to the short-term spending bill, with many saying they had not made up their minds. "The President has assured that he and his party will take the blame if there is a shutdown, not just because of the way he rejected [the deal] but because of the fact that he hasn't accepted a reasonable bipartisan plan to avert all this", the Democratic aide added. "Anyone who says they want to avoid a shutdown should be asking for a vote on that compromise legislation".

Sens. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, and James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, said in a joint statement Wednesday evening they would oppose the bill because it "falls short" on border security reforms. Joe Manchin, a red state Democrat up in 2018, told reporters Tuesday he will vote to keep the government funded even without a DACA deal. He came up short of blaming the President for the setback, however, and instead faulted the White House.

But not everyone was sold. "We are going to fight Donald Trump every step of the way", U.S. Sen.

With a possible government shutdown looming this weekend, the House had planned to vote late Thursday on a stopgap spending bill that would keep government funding flowing to February 16 as delicate negotiations continue to protect young, undocumented immigrants brought illegally as children from deportation.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) raised $44 million in 2017, a record for any House leader in a non-election year.

How to read this: Leadership aides were telling allies Tuesday night they thought they could still get the votes for their proposal, despite the resistance from House Freedom Caucus members. On Tuesday, a separate bill-introduced by the Republican Will Hurd, of Texas, and the Democrat Pete Aguilar, of California-emerged in the House, with broad bipartisan support.

A series of Republicans over the past few months have also announced their plans to retire from Congress.

In a conference call with OH reporters Tuesday, Portman said that during a private meeting last week with Senate Republicans, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis "painted a pretty dismal picture about our preparedness".

"They do not have the votes". Meadows says conservatives want the measure to allow additional defense spending. The GOP focus on keeping government open comes as it's become certain there's no time to cut a deal by Friday on protecting young immigrants.

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