CNN Poll: 56 Percent Say Don't Shut Down Government to Save DACA

Elements of both the Democrats and Republicans in the Senate oppose the House bill for varying reasons

Elements of both the Democrats and Republicans in the Senate oppose the House bill for varying reasons

The Senate is expected to vote on the stop-gap measure to keep the government funded through February 16.

The finger-pointing over who should be blamed intensified Friday, with minority Democratic lawmakers charging that the Republicans and White House had failed to deliver on fixing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects about 700,000 people who came to the United States illegally as children.

In a press conference this afternoon, Rep. Steny Hoyer (R-Md.) said that, "We will not be blackmailed because our Republican colleagues will not compromise'".

In the meantime, the White House is reportedly warning government agencies to expect a possible shutdown, and to do whatever they can to minimize the impact.

"The military will still go to work; they will not get paid", Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney told reporters Friday morning.

The White House on Friday confirmed that President Donald Trump cancelled his trip to Florida and met Senator Schumer in order to secure a deal to avoid the government shutdown.

The government is set to run out of funding at midnight Friday.

While the House passed a short-term spending bill to keep the government running for another month Thursday night, the effort is likely to fail in the Senate, leaving Washington still careening toward a shutdown with one day left on the clock.

When asked if he believes the government will shut down at midnight, Cassidy said, "I don't know that".

Broken down across party lines, 78 percent of Democrats overwhelmingly are laying the blame on the GOP and Trump.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a key procedural vote Friday night on a plan to avert a government shutdown, but it's still unclear if there are enough votes to keep the government open.

That was at the end of the 2017 fiscal year, when the House and Senate agreed on a short-term spending bill with 11 legislative days to go before the funding deadline on September 30.

If passed, the measure would be the fourth short-term spending bill since the fiscal year began in October, and some Republicans are pushing for longer-term planning.

The last government shutdown occurred in 2013 after Republican lawmakers refused to support a spending bill that included funds for the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

"We don't have a reliable partner at the White House to negotiate with", said Senator Lindsey Graham, of SC, according to the Washington Post.

The problem? That bill doesn't address a solution to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought here illegally as kids.

"And now they are threatening to crowd out the needs of veterans, military families, opioid treatment centres and every other American who relies on the federal government - all over illegal immigration".

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