Congress May Dodge Shutdown Deadline, but Another Looms

Congress May Dodge Shutdown Deadline, but Another Looms

While the bill keeps the government running for now, it would set up a pre-Christmas showdown later this month. The idea is to buy time for negotiations on unfinished bipartisan business on Capitol Hill, including the budget, a key children's health program and aid to hurricane-slammed Puerto Rico.

"This is a waste of time", Pelosi said of the current measure.

The immigrants are viewed sympathetically by the public and most lawmakers but face deportation in a few months because President Donald Trump reversed administrative protections provided to them by former President Barack Obama.

- President Donald Trump on Wednesday again raised the possibility of a US government shutdown - blaming Democrats for that possible outcome - one day before he is due to host Republican and Democratic congressional leaders for talks on spending bills.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that the leadership was "receiving an update on our military by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis". Some Republicans want a large boost in the defense cap, and Democrats are demanding an equal increase in non-defense spending.

Democrats will enter the White House meeting knowing their support is crucial to Senate Republicans passing any spending bills.

Trump said Thursday that he hopes the group will make good progress as they prepare to discuss plans to avert a government shutdown and reach an end-of-year budget agreement.

"We're going to look at NAFTA very seriously...." Without support from many of them, Republicans would need votes from Democrats to push the temporary spending measure through the House, and Democrats have not said what they will do.

Pelosi also told reporters Thursday that lawmakers "will not leave here" without a deal to help immigrants who came to the USA illegally as children and are enrolled in the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Trump ended three months ago.

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Democrats are seeking permanent legal status for so-called DREAMers as part of a long-term government funding deal.

The Wisconsin Republican says, "I feel good where we are".

"It's kind of just basic governing, is keeping government going while we negotiate the finer details", Ryan told reporters Thursday morning.

The Republican-controlled House is expected to vote on Thursday on a bill that would keep the government open at current spending levels through December 22 while lawmakers negotiate a longer-term solution.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats don't intend to vote for the measure because it doesn't include funding for their priorities.

While a partial government shutdown would keep emergency services and the military mainly operating, thousands of operations would be suspended, such as the operation of national parks.

Trump and Congress are facing a deadline of midnight Friday to pass new spending legislation or trigger the closure of many federal offices.

Meadows said his group had not taken a final position on whether it will back the short-term bill, but he and several other conservatives stopped short of saying they would oppose it. They want voters riveted on the party's almost $1.5 trillion tax bill, the paramount priority for them and Trump.

Despite Trump's rhetoric, some lawmakers are downplaying the possibility of a government shutdown.

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