Congress has until Friday to keep the government open.
A government shutdown is looking more and more likely. Unless Congress acts, the government will close down Friday at midnight. There are a lot of moving pieces, but right now, neither the Senate nor the House appear to have the votes for a short-term funding bill — also known as a continuing resolution — to keep the government open.
Here’s what we know so far.
The House is in disarray
House Republican leadership would like to pass a short-term spending bill on Thursday night to keep the government open. But it’s unclear if they even have the votes from their party to do so.
The House Freedom Caucus, a group of right-wing conservatives, is threatening to vote against the short-term spending bill. Why? Conservatives want defense spending to be fully funded for one year — something Democrats almost certainly will not agree to because they would get nothing on their own spending priorities or an immigration deal.
The Freedom Caucus also wants a vote on a conservative immigration bill, sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), in the House. Goodlatte’s bill is an immigration hawk wish list, which goes far past the framework the Trump White House laid out for a deal, and Democrats consider it a non-starter.
In 2013, the government shutdown was eventually ended by Democrats and moderate Republicans agreeing on a compromise. With House Democrats withholding their votes on any CR that doesn’t have a DACA fix, House Republican leadership needs to keep their rank-and-file united to keep the government open.
It’s either that, or make peace with Democrats by agreeing to pass a bipartisan immigration bill. Democrats are opposing a CR that does not include a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program; they’ve voted against every short-term spending bill Read More Here