Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Government Shutdown Still Possible As Short-Term Funding Passes House

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell left as she listens to park service rangers during a tour of Jamestown Island in Jamestown Va Government Shutdown Still Possible As Short-Term Funding Passes House
Melinda Barton | 20 January, 2018, 03:50

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday night passed a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, but whether the bill could pass the Senate remained uncertain. "It's complete disarray on the Republican side", referring to conflicting immigration demands floated over the past several months by the Trump administration.

Republicans control Congress and the presidency but are moving to blame Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer for any shutdown. When a shutdown loomed in March 2011, 45 percent said that if it occurred, they'd blame the Republicans in Congress, not Barack Obama.

Afterward, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said he was urging Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, not to shut down the government. They're totally paralyzed and inept.

Most Senate Democrats oppose the short-term spending bill, called a continuing resolution, because it does not include protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the USA illegally as children.

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has indicated he was leaning in favour of the stopgap measure.

"Is Mr. McConnell prepared to negotiate with Democrats?" said Sen.

Even before they learned about Trump's weekend plans, lawmakers were complaining that they needed more input from the president.

The impact of the potential shutdown on the planned trip by Trump and much of his Cabinet to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week was still undetermined.

Asked whether there is openness to a short-term funding measure, the official reiterated that that the White House still wants a two-year bill, but added, "we're open to keeping the government open".

The White House was optimistic Thursday afternoon that lawmakers would come to a resolution, but that was ahead of the Senate's decision to abort action late Thursday night when they reached an impasse.

Almost half of Americans said they would blame President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: "We should be like Canada" in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: "Sheet metal and garbage" everywhere in Haiti MORE or Republicans for a government shutdown, according to a new CNN poll.

But the upper chamber is set for a nail-biting vote, with Republicans and Democrats still split on immigration.

Before the vote was passed Trump tweeted that it was 'so important for our country - our Military needs it!'

The short-term measure would be the fourth stopgap spending bill since the current budget year started in October. And protestors descended on a Senate office building, demanding the Republicans agree to an immigration bill. Talks on a budget deal to ease tight spending limits on both the Pentagon and domestic agencies are on hold, as is progress on a huge $80 billion-plus disaster aid bill.

In order to convince Democrats to vote for their budget bill, Republicans are offering a six-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (Chip), which benefits lower-income families. (I think that logic is largely right - based on past shutdowns.) Third, Democrats - especially those with an eye on running for president in 2020 - know that it is impossible to be too anti-Trump for their liberal party base.

"I'm handicapping [a shutdown] now at some place between 50 and 60 percent", Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters Friday morning at the White House.

Since then, however, the president has had a series of spats with Congress. Trump and conservatives in Congress have used the Dreamer fight to try to win tough immigration controls, including the president's promised border wall.

Funds for the federal government run out at midnight, and without a last-minute breakthrough in negotiations it appears that the GOP doesn't have the votes to keep the lights on as dawn breaks on the first anniversary of Trump's January 20th inauguration. ABC News found that in 1995, by a 2-to-1 margin, the country blamed congressional Republicans more than Clinton.