House Passes Spending Measure to Avert Shutdown; Senate Debate Resumes Friday

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. center accompanied by his Press Secretary Ash Lee Strong right walks to the Capitol Building from the Capitol Visitor's Center Thursday Jan. 18 2018 in Washington

Republican leaders in Congress have abandoned efforts to reach a broad budget agreement before federal funding runs out on Friday, and they're now simply hoping to pass a short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown.

House Republicans passed the spending bill out of their chamber Thursday night, but the bill's future in the Senate is precarious with more than a dozen Democrats already having announced they'd vote against it. But Democrats say they are very opposed to the bill.

Democrats said blame for the shutdown would fall on Republicans.

Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says "The republicans both in the Senate the House and the White House can't get their act together".

"Seems he wants CHIP funded - but not yet?" He said he planned to discuss their concerns with Republican leaders.

The House Freedom Caucus staged a last-minute revolt against Speaker Paul Ryan and the rest of the House Republican leadership because the bill did not address long-term military spending. "It is risky, it is reckless and it is wrong".

"I think we could solve it in 30 minutes if people wanted to", said Republican Sen. In addition, the White House continued to seek a vote on a separate, conservative proposal floated last week by two immigration hard-liners, Reps.

The countdown to a possible shutdown of the government is on. But many government employees, including some civilian defense workers, would be furloughed and their pay would be up in the air.

If the government shuts down, it essentially means that agencies and departments that are considered nonessential will stop working until Congress agrees on a federal budget.

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Most military services would still operate, The Washington Post reported, though service members would not be paid unless Congress passed a special measure for them. President Trump tweeted about the possibility Friday morning. Democrats seeking leverage are forcing that bill to require 60 votes for passage.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was even more pointed, arguing that an extra item in the funding bill to insure resources for children's health coverage was "like a bowl of doggie doo with a cherry on top". Much of the debate centered around the fate of 700,000 so-called DREAMers-immigrants who were brought to the U.S.as children. Negotiations, however, could resume next week if a resolution was still elusive.

That's an issue on which Trump has given unclear and at times contradictory messages, and stirred a national controversy by reportedly using foul language to describe nations in Africa as he demanded an end to the visa lottery program.

"The President supports the continuing resolution introduced in the House", said White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah.

This article has been updated with the White House statement on CHIP funding.

"It's the opposite of what I campaigned for", Trump told Reuters in an interview.

"The group that loses big are the military, and we're never letting our military lose at any point", Mr. Trump said Thursday.

Trump, despite promises that Mexico would foot the bill for the $71 billion project, wants Congress to approve funds for the divider along with protection for DACA recipients.

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