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"We're doing fine", Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said of the bill heading for a vote in his chamber Thursday night.

Although the CHIP funding was included as an incentive for Democrats, Ryan probably will have to rely exclusively on Republican votes to get the bill through the House. Even if the measure survives in the House, strong Democratic opposition and uncertain backing by Republicans have dimmed its prospects in the Senate.

In December, seven of the 10 Democrats running in states that Trump won in 2016 voted in favor of the funding bill.

Even before the pivotal votes, Republicans were all but daring Democrats to scuttle the bill and force a shutdown because of immigration.

Some Republican aides said Trump was trying to be helpful when he posted his comments on Thursday morning.

Trump himself weighed in from Pennsylvania, where he flew to help a GOP candidate in a special congressional election.

But Mr. Trump's tweet appeared to give Democrats a ready excuse to oppose the measure: the president wants the health program severed from the spending bill.

"You have the leverage".

Democrats lead Republicans by 11 points in generic ballot polling for the House ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, according to a new poll. "It does not take the needed steps to fix our porous border and it fails to empower law enforcement to apprehend and remove risky criminals who are here illegally". The bipartisan deal that was announced was a good one. Also imaginable: lawmakers working over the weekend with a shutdown underway - watched by a public that has demonstrated it has abhorred such standoffs in the past.

Trump, before entering the Pentagon, said the government "very well could" shut down and that whether that happens is "up to the Democrats".

As he's done since taking office a year ago, Trump was dominating and confusing the jousting, at times to the detriment of his own party. The White House on Wednesday had endorsed the short-term funding bill, but by Thursday, support had eroded further in the Senate as Sens.

He likely won't, which means both parties will be able to blame the other for the stalemate.

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The House Republican leadership, meanwhile, has offered a plan that doesn't address that issue in a stopgap spending bill, but does include funding to keep CHIP - which provides subsidized health coverage for youngsters in low-income households - in business. "It will also contain a six-year reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program", McConnell said.

Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House, dismissed the Republicans move on CHIP as "like giving you a bowl of doggie doo, put a cherry on top sundae".

"It's a mess", said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, who said the funding debacle was the result of the "incompetence of Republicans".

Most Democrats remained opposed anyway, though saying they'd relent if there also was a deal to protect around 700,000 immigrants from deportation who arrived in the children and now are here illegally. Trump tossed the issue to Congress to act before March.

Given opposition in both parties, it was still unclear on Thursday if Congress could head off a weekend shutdown of the federal government, which is operating on its third temporary funding extension since the 2018 fiscal year began on October 1.

Kelly conceded during a meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that there would be no "concrete wall from sea to shining sea" and no wall "that Mexico will pay for".

Others are just exhausted of the whole exercise: Congress using short-term spending bills to kick the can down the road only to return to do it again a month later.

The White House said on Wednesday it supported passage of a short-term funding measure and that immigration talks could resume next week.

Why the president suddenly undercut Republican arguments was not immediately clear.

Around half of the roughly 30 members of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus met privately late Tuesday.

Sen. Kamala Harris of California is leading an effort among Senate Democrats to vote against a spending bill without a DACA fix, and the government will shut down if every Senate Democrat votes against the bill because spending bills require 60 votes and Republicans only control 51 seats.

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