The possibility of a government shutdown is looming over Washington, as lawmakers only have hours to either reach an agreement on a short-term funding bill. The deadline is a midnight Friday night.
The House passed a short-term funding bill Thursday night, but Democrats in the Senate are digging in their heels and holding out for a deal on DACA to protect young illegal aliens from deportation – something President Trump said he is not agreeing to without his other immigration priorities being met.
“Unless we pass the #DreamAct, I won’t support another short-term funding bill,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., tweeted Thursday. “Our Dreamers have waited far too long for a chance to be a part of this country’s future.”
Republicans have thrown in a six-year extension to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to appease the Democrats, but they’re not taking the bait. It has been noted that DACA doesn’t expire until March, but Democrats are still holding out to include it in the funding bill.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney pointed fingers at House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at a White House press briefing Friday, calling him, “Schumer Shutdown.” Mulvaney noted Friday that the Democrats don’t oppose anything in the bill, but they’re still opposing the bill.
A poll from the Washington Post and ABC News claimed that 48 percent of Americans are blaming President Trump and Republicans, saying they are the ones who will be responsible if there is a government shutdown.
The poll suggested that 28 percent of Americans blame the Democrats, and 18 percent are blaming both parties.
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WATCH: White House OMB Director Mick Mulvaney says he’s dubbed the shutdown the “Schumer shutdown,” blaming Senate Democrats for a potential shutdown. pic.twitter.com/NZrlbuOU3q
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