GOP to Press Ahead with Gov't Funding Plan - Democrats Dig In

WASHINGTON -- This morning, House Republican leaders are scrambling to find enough votes to avert a government shutdown before tomorrow night's deadline.  Conservatives are refusing to fall into line as the battle to reach an immigration deal continues with Democrats.  

House lawmakers could vote today on a measure to temporarily fund the government beyond the Friday deadline since bitter divisions in both parties are hindering efforts by Congress to find a long term solution. Talks also went late into the night on the Senate floor.

"Compromise solutions are not out of reach. But for now, Congress needs to keep the government running," said Sen. Republican Leeader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

The bill would fund government for one month, reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years, and delay several Obamacare tax provisions.  But it does not protect the thousands of undocumented young immigrants from being deported - something Democrats say is a non-starter.

"These Dreamers, these young people protected by DACA they've shown us over and over again why they have earned our confidence and trust they work so hard to be part of this country," said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).

Some House conservatives oppose the temporary spending measure unless Republican leadership commits to a more conservative immigration bill and can promise a boost to defense spending. Within the Democratic party, some lawmakers up for re-election may not want to risk being blamed for a government shutdown.

"A DACA solution has got to be a balanced sense for Democrats to try to bring us to a shutdown," said House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).
The White House has also said if there's a shutdown, the president plans to place the blame solely on Democrats.

If there is a shutdown, it won't affect essential services like Social Security checks, airport security, air traffic controllers, or the postal service.

However, thousands of federal workers would be furloughed, national parks and museums would close, and you won't be able to get a passport.

(Hena Doba, CBS News)

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