But despite mostly staff meetings, word of progress was scarce, even as government funding runs out at the end of the week and Democrats have demanded a DACA resolution before another funding extension.
Now with a January 19 deadline looming for continuing to fund the government, conservatives say they can't support any spending bill that paves the way for a future immigration deal that could favor Democrats. "What point would it be to bring a bill through here that we won't have signed into law by the president?"
Senators Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., continue to push their bipartisan deal on DACA.
Trump dismissed that bill when it was presented to him at the White House, and in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, said that the plan was "horrible" on border security and "very, very weak" on other reforms that he has called for.
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A separate charge of performing a lewd act on a child under 14 by force or fear was filed against David Turpin . Police said they recovered hundreds of journals and are going through them for evidence.
But other Democrats downplayed the level of opposition to the short-term spending bill, with many saying they had not made up their minds.
"My understand is leadership is going to put it on the floor regardless if they have votes or not", Meadows said. Trump ended DACA in September with a six-month delay and said Congress needed to come up with a solution for the affected Dreamers.
The White House has offered lawmakers somewhat of a blueprint of what the president would want in an immigration bill, but that list includes a number of issues lawmakers would be better suited for a comprehensive immigration reform package, not a smaller bill created to help the approximately 700,000 beneficiaries of DACA and address other issues. That program has broad bipartisan support and leaders hope lawmakers will vote for the measure to avoid voting against benefits for low-income children.
The House passed a short-term spending bill to fund the government through February 16 on Thursday.