Senate Democrats: Government Shutdowns Are Bad

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Republicans, who control the House, Senate and White House, can pass a spending bill in the House with only GOP votes.

House GOP leaders unveiled the spending bill Tuesday night, sweetening it with a six-year renewal of the popular Children's Health Insurance Program and with provisions to temporarily suspend three "Obamacare" taxes, including a tax on generous "Cadillac" health plans.

Many Senate Democrats as well as some Republicans have revealed their opposition to the stopgap spending plan.

The Republicans' majority in the Senate is slim, meaning they need some Democratic support to pass a government funding measure.

Last week, after a bipartisan meeting in the White House, Republicans returned to the Capitol saying they had finally gotten some clarification: Trump had "narrowed the scope" of DACA negotiations, GOP senators said.

The Republican leadership has little room for error with Democrats threatening to withhold their support from any bill that does not reinstate protections for people brought to the USA illegally as minors, commonly referred to as "Dreamers".

The meeting was to consider a bipartisan immigration deal to protect the "dreamers" - young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, including the 690,000 now enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Trump has canceled.

"It's baffling to me that Democrats would be willing to block military funding for unrelated issues", Ryan said, referring mainly to the fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, which President Donald Trump ordered to end on March 5.

"In the last 24 hours we've sensed a real shift from Republicans not believing Democrats are going to be resolute, to, 'Oh my god, Democrats are resolute and Republicans are joining in and we won't be able to pass the CR without negotiation, '" said Frank Sharry, a longtime immigration advocate with America's Voice Education Fund. "There's very, very strong support not to go along with their deal".

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Key government bodies such as the White House, Congress, State Department and Pentagon would remain operational, but would likely furlough some staff. They would need 218 votes, which the 246-seat caucus ostensibly has.

McSally's comments appeared to reflect growing resentment between congressional Republicans and Democrats over the stalled 2018 budget and how to fix the immigration system. Conversely, if Democrats think the politics favor them, they could not only vote no but also filibuster the measure, something Democratic activists are actively encouraging.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied the idea that the trip had political motivations in a statement to reporters, even as Trump called the visit "in order to give my total support to Rick Saccone".

"What other option to we have?" asked Rep. Mo Brooks, a Republican from Alabama, who said he was leaning "yes".

"I've seen a lot of commitments that are not worth going to the bank on, so I want a vote", Durbin told reporters. Do you take the CHIP funding and continue funding the government for another month, or do you draw your line in the sand here and say without DACA, no funds?

So, getting their votes on their own, however much they hate continuing resolutions, is the logical path forward.

"If every vote against the bill was Democrats, that's how I'd conclude Democrats want to shut down the government", he said. "He will not let it be held hostage by Democrats".

And among the GOP voters who were questioned by the poll, which was conducted between January 2-7, one in four said they were "very satisfied" with the direction of the country, while 23 percent of Republicans said they were dissatisfied and 15 percent were very dissatisfied.

As Independent Journal Review previously reported, Republicans and Democrats blamed each other for a potential government shutdown. "It's the worst way in the world to run the military and the government in general". Until then, it has been communicated, sources tell CNN, that weighing in with a definitive yes-or-no answer on how they'd vote on a government funding bill isn't helpful or productive.

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