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08 December 2017, 02:47 | Erica Roy
Congress Pushes Off Government Shutdown Fight Until December 22
"I feel good where we are", Ryan said Thursday of the government funding vote. He said they want "illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime". They say the discussions on immigration should be part of a separate process.
In response, Pelosi tweeted that Trump was "the only person talking about a government shutdown".
Bradley Byrne, an Alabama Republican, advocates attaching a full defense spending bill to the next stopgap measure that runs into January and daring Senate Democrats to oppose it.
Those negotiations are sure to be tricky.
In further indication of the problems GOP leaders face, 34 House Republicans sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., urging him to hold a vote by year's end on extending protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrived in the USA illegally as children.
The immigrants are viewed sympathetically by the public and most lawmakers but face deportation in a few months because Trump reversed administrative protections provided to them by former President Barack Obama.
President Donald Trump's meeting with congressional leaders has relocated from the Oval Office to the White House Situation Room for a briefing on military readiness.
Republicans and Democrats have discussed a potential two-year budget deal raising spending by about $200 billion. GOP leaders have historically needed bipartisan support to pass spending bills through the House.
The retreat was signaled on the same days that the Democrats leaders, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, is slated to meet with the President, GOP leaders and the Senate Democratic leader at a White House meeting to talk about the budget.
He says: "We're all here as a very friendly, well-unified group". "I think it's just kind of just basic governing, is keeping government going while we negotiate the final details".
After the House of Representatives approved a continuing resolution to keep the government funded for two weeks, the Senate approved the resolution in a bipartisan vote on Thursday. But GOP leaders needed those conservatives to support the measure in the House because Democrats broadly refused to vote for it.
The drama over whether the House will pass legislation preventing a weekend partial government shutdown is essentially over.
If Trump and the lawmakers can agree on overall budget limits, one option would be to put that into a second short-term spending bill to keep the government open from December 22 into sometime in January.
Jordan and a handful of his fellow Freedom Caucus colleagues gave Republican leadership a scare Monday night when they threatened to vote against sending tax reform legislation to a conference committee.
Mr. Meadows said he spoke to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) during the vote and that they had a "good conversation" about the duration of the short-term spending bill.
Earlier on Thursday, Schumer said Trump seemed to be rooting for a shutdown and if one occurs, "it will fall on his shoulders".
"I want to avoid a headline that says President Trump's administration just passes the highest spending levels in US history", Meadows told two reporters.
In back-to-back statements, both sides declared the meeting "productive".
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