Congress stumbles into gov't shutdown, budget deal stalled

Frederick Owens
February 10, 2018

Democrats have pushed hard to tie immigration to the funding fight, and Republicans blamed the opposition party for triggering a three-day government shutdown over the issue last month.

"If we don't change the legislation, if we don't get rid of these loopholes where killers are allowed to come into our country and continue to kill".

"We don't need a government shutdown on this", she reportedly said. "Not another country in the world has the stupidity of laws that we do", he complained.

Trump's comment has put Republicans on edge, in part because Congress is now in the midst of negotiating a spending bill before the government shutdown deadline this Thursday. Assuming this bill passes the House tonight, it will go over to the Senate where the outcome is someone unclear but the consensus seems to be that the measure would get enough support to pass the sixty-vote threshold.

The bill that passed the House calls for increased military spending over the next eight months.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the legislation wouldn't immediately fund construction of a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border that President Donald Trump has previously requested and made a central part of its campaign.

It would be the fifth stop-gap spending bill approved since September.

The City of Minneapolis also taking steps to help DACA recipients and other immigrants.

That's a term of art, though not a precise one, meaning much tighter security than now exists along most of the border.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky. and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. left walk to the chamber after collaborating on an agreement in the Senate on a two-year almost $400 billion budget deal that would provide Pentagon and dom

"We had one Trump shutdown, nobody wants another, maybe except him", Schumer said.

But Trump's plan also comes with several restrictions, including strict cuts to what he calls "chain migration", otherwise known as family reunification - an immigration process established by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 that has allowed US citizens and those with permanent residency to petition to legally bring their closest relatives.

"I think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with", said Trump.

"We're making real progress on a spending deal", he told reporters.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in the chamber, said the House would consider only a bill that Trump supports.

The press secretary said the president instead "wants a long-term deal and he wants a deal on immigration".

However, for the head of the cabinet, the President's proposal (to open the path to the naturalization of Dreamers in exchange for the approval of his package of immigration measures) "has been more than generous", covering young immigrants "who were too afraid to sign up (to the temporary renewal of the program) or who are too lazy to get off their asses and register".

"To have five continuing resolutions is a statement of incompetence and ineptitude", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on the House floor.

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