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GOP Leaders Push House Holdouts to Spending Bill Through Dec. 22

08 December 2017, 02:47 | Taylor George

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that a government shutdown'could happen and it will be Democrats fault if it does

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that a government shutdown'could happen and it will be Democrats fault if it does

Graves said in an interview that short-term funding bills are a tactic of the minority and argued that Republicans are "squandering" their power of the purse. "They want to have illegal immigrants, in many cases people that we don't want in our country, they want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime".

"We're all here as a very friendly, well-unified group".

Still, that will likely be a tough sell to Democrats in negotiations over the next two weeks.

Ahead of Thursday's vote, House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Abortion-rights group endorses Nadler in race to replace Conyers on Judiciary Trump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting MORE (D-Calif.) made clear that Democrats wouldn't support the two-week stopgap. Fourteen Democrats supported the measure, however, while 18 Republicans were opposed.

Pelosi told reporters before the meeting that "We will not leave here" without helping the immigrants.

Democrats are pushing for the next spending bill to include a legislative fix for young immigrants brought to the children who had been granted temporary work permits through the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "I think it's just kind of just basic governing, is keeping government going while we negotiate the final details".

Republicans, who hold a 240-193 advantage in the House, were nevertheless able to pass the bill, with 14 Democrats joining the majority to vote "yea".

Congress passed a two-week extension of federal funding that averts a government shutdown this week but defers decisions on spending levels for defense and domestic programs.

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

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The drama over whether the House will pass legislation preventing a weekend partial government shutdown is essentially over.

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.

Without Democrats, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is counting on his rank-and-file - including the House Freedom Caucus - to help keep government's doors open.

Meadows says they want to avoid distractions from the tax bill Republicans plan to push through Congress this month.

"I want to avoid a headline that says President Trump's administration just passes the highest spending levels in USA history", Meadows told two reporters.

In addition to a simple date change CR, this resolution provides for a change in the way that the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) emergency shortfall funds are distributed to states until December 31, 2017, so that no state's CHIP funding is depleted during the month of December.

Without legislation, many agencies would run out of money after midnight Friday and grind to a close.

With the budget chafing under spending caps imposed by a 2011 bipartisan budget deal, Democrats want defense and domestic programs to get equal funding increases.

"There is a whole lot more pressure to get home for Christmas than there is for New Year's", Rep. Mark Meadows (R., N.C.), chairman of the Freedom Caucus, told reporters after the vote.

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