Congress has been relying on short-term spending bills to support vital programs since government funding ran out 110 days ago. Because the measure will need 60 votes to pass the chamber to break a filibuster, Republican leaders need as many as more than a dozen Democrats.
He said the military needs new funding and young immigrants need legal status. "House, Senate, one party in charge", he added, before saying, "That's it. Republicans have it all".
KELLY: All right, so a lot of question marks still in terms of what President Trump might be willing to sign, a lot of question marks in terms of how this may all be play out - playing out in the Senate tomorrow - I mean, we're looking toward tomorrow. Multiple Democrats and some Republicans have said they won't support it. "The Republicans control the Senate, the House and the White House and they can't all get on the same page and that's why there is going to be a government shutdown".
Many of these immigrants are recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: "We should be like Canada" in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: "Sheet metal and garbage" everywhere in Haiti MORE has made a decision to end on March 5. He and other Republicans used the hashtag #SchumerShutdown.
Democrats oppose the bill even though it includes funding over six years for a popular childhood health care program because it does not protect the Dreamers - illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children but who were protected from deportment by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The bill offers a number of sweeteners for both conservatives and Democrats, including a 6-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). On Thursday morning, Trump blamed the Democrats for the potential government shutdown, while also calling for CHIP not to be included in any short term deal. The White House later backtracked and said the president supported the spending bill.
But thousands of federal workers could see their pay delayed, regulatory agencies, national parks and museums could close and other non-essential services would stop. The 2013 shutdown lasted 16 days.
Eleven House Republicans voted against the spending bill, including Florida Representatives Carlos Curbleo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who vowed to vote against any legislation that did not include action for DACA recipients. Bickering escalated late Wednesday when House Republican leaders called a news conference where they blamed the Democrats in advance if CHIP funding gets delayed again in the fallout of budget talks.