Brief shutdown coming as Senate debate stalls

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       5 things you need to know Friday

Democrats on the left, especially members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, were frustrated to see a budget deal negotiated that resolved virtually every Democratic priority except a resolution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a policy that protected young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children that President Donald Trump made a decision to terminate in September.

"I am all in for the proposal that was explained to me", Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said as he came out of McConnell's office. "I can't in all good honesty, in all good faith, just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits".

A Senate leadership plan to avert a looming government shutdown with a two-year budget agreement could be in peril Thursday night as Sen.

Ryan said Thursday he believed there would be enough votes in the House to pass the budget.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on prison reform in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, January 11, 2018.

Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi of California, herself a key architect of the budget plan, announced her opposition Wednesday morning and mounted a remarkable daylong speech on the House floor, trying to force Republican leaders in the House to promise a later vote on legislation to protect the younger immigrants.

It incorporates a major budget deal reached last week between Senate leaders on both sides of the political aisle.

The legislation provides funding to combat opioid addiction. The caps deal will likely need Democratic support and some Democrats have been emphatic that they don't want to agree to raising budget caps until they have assurances that recipients of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, will be protected.

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"I would be very surprised if more than a couple of the Freedom Caucus members would vote yes", Meadows said.

The House voted 240 to 186 in support of a bipartisan package that extends funding until March 23, and which will reopen government hours after a conservative senator forced Congress to miss a midnight deadline, sparking the shutdown.

"House Democrats have a voice here and we must be heard", Pelosi wrote.

"This package can not have my support", she said.

The House also must pass the Senate bill.

That all changed when Paul grabbed the spotlight and began blasting the more than 600-page deal he bet no one had read, that would raise caps on spending this fiscal year and the next by about $300B.

The California congresswoman has called for the bill to include a provision shielding so-called Dreamers, young immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children, from deportation.

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