Democrats are considering a federal shutdown, but it's risky

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But if House Republican leaders can't find enough votes for a temporary spending bill, it will be because a combination of Democrats and Republican spending hawks wouldn't support it - complicating efforts to point fingers across the partisan aisle.

The bill would leave in limbo hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

Democrats meanwhile are arguing that with a bipartisan immigration deal finished, Republicans should at the very least put it on the floor to avoid a shut down.

That changed when Trump was accused of making derogatory comments about Haiti, El Salvador and African nations during a meeting with lawmakers, and when he rejected a bipartisan immigration proposal offered by Sens.

A problem for Paul Ryan: "House Republican leaders may be unable to secure passage of the bill with exclusively Republican votes, since Republicans eager to increase military spending have been frustrated with stopgap spending measures".

"This is just buying time", said Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C. And I think the president holds the cards.

The proposal, which ignores Democrats' demands for a legislative solution to protect young immigrants known as Dreamers and attempts to further gut Obamacare, appeared unlikely to achieve the support of many Democrats and it's unclear if it will get the support of enough Republicans. At one point, Sen. Talks had stalled over the fate of roughly 690,000 "Dreamers", or young adults brought to the United States illegally as children, who are now able to remain in the US under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Now they are being forced to choose between the foreign national DREAMers they support or the meat and potatos voters in the critical voting districts.

"We don't want to shut down the government". "But we're not going to be held hostage to do things that we think are going to be contrary to the best interests of the American people".

House Republican leaders are expected to meet with their members Tuesday night to discuss the negotiations, according to the Journal, and congressional leaders from both parties are set to meet Wednesday, The Washington Post reported.

Somehow, despite their squirmings and misgivings, Trump the fighter has taught them, too, to fight - and they're finally mastering the "Art of the Deal". It's possible that the shutdown contributed to an anti-government mood that ultimately damaged Democrats more in the November 2014 midterms, mostly by dampening turnout, despite contemporary perceptions that Republicans were more to blame.

What are the odds of a government shutdown?
It's not clear whether another funding bill absent an immigration deal can draw even that modest level of Democratic support. Still, if either or both chambers flip, it essentially ensures that nothing on Trump's legislative agenda will be passed .

Keep an eye on: More and more, GOP aides, given the current impasse, are talking about the Trump administration, especially in the wake of the court order, extending DACA for a longer period of time.

As a result, Sen. The bill would extend the program's funding for six years. Step up to the plate to make clear that war with North Korea requires congressional authorization. "We have been working for four months", its authors wrote in a statement, "and have reached an agreement in principle that addresses border security, the diversity visa lottery, chain migration/family reunification, and the Dream Act - the areas outlined by the President". Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Finance Committee.

Forget the wall, don't devote resources to arresting pot smokers and stop using "dreamers" as a bargaining chip.

Funds for the program lapsed at the end of September.

Trump suggested last week that earmarks could "get this country really rolling again," but lawmakers are split on whether they reinforce Washington's "swamp" culture or if they are part of Congress' constitutional powers as the branch with the power of the purse. Nevertheless, some states have informed families that their children could lose coverage because of delays and inaction by Congress.

Democrats widely viewed as eyeing the White House in 2020-like Sens. "With this news", he said, "securing kids' health care for the long-term should be a no-brainer".

Instead of rolling over for Democrats and virtuously claiming they've "reached across the aisle", as they always have done, Republicans are now playing hardball. And the health insurance tax, or HIT, which is loathed by insurance companies, would be suspended for one year starting in 2019. And that means a shutdown grows more plausible - if not likely - by the day. All three would have been repealed under the bill passed previous year by the House to dismantle that law.

As he seeks to implement his campaign promises, which seem controversial and even unacceptable to many, rifts, feuds and controversies dogged the year and 2018 would probably not be any different.

Health insurance companies have strenuously opposed the tax on insurance providers, saying the additional costs are generally passed on to consumers, businesses, state governments and taxpayers.

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