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A key Senate negotiator and White House official on Tuesday expressed little hope for an immigration deal this week but nonetheless predicted that Congress can avoid a government shutdown.

Ryan added a six-year extension of the popular Children's Health Insurance Program to lure Democratic votes, and included military spending and delays on taxes on high-end health insurance, medical devices and health insurance providers to entice conservatives.

Congress has been struggling for months to reach an agreement to fund the government, which is now operating on its third temporary funding extension since the 2018 fiscal year began on October 1.

"We're talking about 800,000 kids who came here, no fault of their own", said Gutierrez, who fled his native Cuba for Miami at 6 years old.

The focus on a budget Plan B - another temporary measure that would buy time for more talks - was the latest sign of a breakdown in bipartisan deal-making in a Congress that has struggled to find common ground even on areas of broad agreement.

Agreement on a spending bill has been complicated by a Democratic push to include a deal on the status of "Dreamers" - young adults brought to the country illegally as children. Democrats have said they want a shutdown-preventing spending bill that protects the Dreamer immigrants, mostly Hispanic young adults.

House GOP leaders are crafting legislation that would keep the government funded through February 16. "I'm not going to say, 'Oh, gee, I want this or I want that.' I'll be signing it, because I have a lot of confidence in the people in this room that they're going to come up with something really good".

Trump's reported use of the word "shithole" when speaking about African countries last week.

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"I think cool heads hopefully will prevail on this".

Amid mixed signals from the White House on an immigration deal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will hold off on a vote until President Trump says exactly what he will support.

The speaker, one of Trump's most important lieutenants on Capitol Hill, is well aware of how poorly a shutdown will reflect on the Republican Party, which controls both houses of Congress and the White House, just months ahead of crucial mid-term elections in November.

Trump also said a federal government shutdown "could happen" by the end of the week, insisting that Democrats would be blamed if that happened.

A bipartisan, bicameral group of Congressional leaders is still working on an immigration deal.

McCarthy briefed his Republican colleagues at a closed-door conference meeting Tuesday night, lawmakers said as they left. "One side deciding everything and then saying to the other side, you must go along", he said.

On Wednesday, House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadow of North Carolina said that there are enough "no" and "undecided" votes in his hard-line conservative caucus, assuming all Democrats voted against the measure as well, that the legislation would not pass.

Immigration activists have increased the pressure on Democrats to oppose any spending measure while DACA is still unresolved.

"We should be able to work to keep this government up and operating the way we're supposed to do and to punish 300 million plus people, it's just ridiculous", he said.

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