House Democrats Shifting Away From Amnesty-or-Shutdown Threat

Trump, Congressional Leaders Meeting on US Spending Issues

House Democrats Shifting Away From Amnesty-or-Shutdown Threat

The measure also makes money available to several states that are running out of funds for the Children's Health Insurance Program, a widely popular program that provides medical care to more than 8 million children. "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".

Still, they may be willing to agree to the two-week bill if defense spending is dealt with separately in the next round of budget talks.

A key House Republican leader acknowledges that some tax cuts in the sweeping tax legislation must expire to comply with Senate budget rules.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also say they hope to come to an agreement.

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

Pelosi also told reporters Thursday that lawmakers "will not leave here" without a deal to help immigrants who came to the USA illegally as children and are enrolled in the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Trump ended three months ago.

If Trump and the lawmakers can agree on overall budget limits, one option would be to put that into a second short-term spending bill to keep the government open from December 22 into sometime in January.

Conservatives opposed to a two-week spending bill almost derailed a key procedural vote Monday night enabling the House to begin negotiations with the Senate over the tax bill.

"It's kind of just basic governing, is keeping government going while we negotiate the finer details", Ryan told reporters Thursday morning.

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"All things that have bipartisan support in the Congress", Ms. Pelosi said.

After the House of Representatives approved a continuing resolution to keep the government funded for two weeks, the Senate approved the resolution in a bipartisan vote on Thursday.

The Wisconsin Republican says, "I feel good where we are". But on Thursday, the group's chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said the group will likely give leaders whatever support they need to pass the legislation.

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.

"This tax code is pushing American businesses and American jobs overseas", said Speaker Ryan.

The bill, H.J.Res. 123, passed after leaders of both parties agreed to continue negotiating on larger issues and after House Speaker Paul Ryan quelled a rebellion among some conservatives who wanted a longer stopgap bill as part of a strategy to avoid giving concessions to Democrats on spending.

"We expect a clean [continuing resolution] to pass with Democratic support", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Thursday.

The government runs out of money at midnight Friday.

In order to raise spending levels for the military and domestic programs for a longer-term spending deal, both chambers have to reach an agreement to lift spending limits set by a 2011 law. Trump ended those protections this fall and Democrats are demanding that they be renewed in the year-end rush of business.

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