At the heart of Democrats' concerns is the almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children and are now in the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program - a temporary visa program enacted by former President Barack Obama in 2012 but never signed into law.
Early on Thursday, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the House bill to fund the government was "very likely to be unacceptable to the Senate". Despite the conservative party's 51-member majority there, the bill has a higher hurdle to cross because 60 votes are necessary, and some Republicans already have said they will vote against it.
If Congress can't agree on a spending bill by midnight Friday or soon after, about 800,000 federal workers face furloughs and many government functions would be closed. The proposal, which would continue health care benefits for 9 million children, would come at the expense of another vulnerable group: the hundreds of thousands of people previously covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, or DREAMers.
Federal financing for the programme that serves almost nine million children expired in October and several states are close to exhausting their money, and Congress has passed several short-term patches to keep their programmes afloat.
Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa says no capacity to fund diaspora vote
Western countries imposed harsh sanctions on Zimbabwe over land seizures from white farmers and alleged vote-rigging under Mugabe. Resolving the land issue could unlock foreign investment in agriculture and help mend ties between Harare and the West.
Putin Takes Dip in Icy Russian Lake on Epiphany
The ritual dunks in the icy waters take place overnight to January 19 on one of major Orthodox Christian holidays, Epiphany. The president, according to the press-secretary, has taken part in the ice-hole bathing event "for several years already".
HSBC pays $101m to U.S. authorities in currency rigging probe settlement
The settlement is made up of a $63.1 million fine and a $38.4 million cost in restitution to a corporate client. The agreement with HSBC, announced by the DoJ on Thursday night, is yet to be officially signed off by a judge.
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said Thursday morning that he didn't know if they had enough votes to pass the CR. Republican senators also discussed the possibility of a much shorter spending bill at a Wednesday lunch, hoping to keep the pressure on Congress to hammer out a large agreement rather than punt on contentious spending and immigration issues.
"At some point, Congress needs to do better than government-by-crisis, short-term fixes, and sidestepping hard issues".
But the bill's prospects in the Senate are uncertain.
Will the government actually shut down?
Meanwhile, hard-line Democrats view a shutdown as something they could blame on Trump.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., also urged Senate Democrats to pass the stopgap measure.
The last time a #government shutdown took place was back in 2013 when the likes of Republican Sen.
Trump was at the Pentagon to meet with senior military officials in advance of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' release of the new National Defense Strategy.
So far, it is unclear if lawmakers can pass the continuing resolution with only Republican votes.