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It’s the final countdown

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  • We are T-minus four hours to a midnight deadline and a government shutdown unless the Senate can come to an agreement over how long to fund the government. [Vox / Ella Nilsen, Tara Golshan, and Dylan Scott]
  • The bill that’s currently up for a vote in the Senate is a four-week short-term spending bill (it would be the fourth one Congress passes). Senators are supposed to vote on the bill later tonight. [Washington Post / Mike DeBonis, Ed O’Keefe, Erica Werner, and Elise Viebeck]
  • But what’s really at stake is much more than just funding for the government.The main reason we are in this boat is that Republicans and Democrats have struggled to reach a compromise on immigration, specifically, a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (a.k.a. DACA). That’s an Obama-era program to protect about 700,000 young, unauthorized immigrants known as DREAMers. [Vox / Dara Lind]
  • Months have passed without a compromise on immigration or long-term spending, and Democrats are getting fed up. They want to fund the government over the weekend so they stay in Washington and keep working to strike an immigration deal. [Vox / Ella Nilsen]
  • Most Republicans want to pass the one-month funding bill. Some notable exceptions include Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Mike Read More Here