With less than 18 hours before the midnight deadline, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he would release his members to leave Washington midday Friday after a series of unrelated votes. Emboldened by a liberal base clamouring to challenge Trump, they've demanded concessions on immigration, chiefly protection for thousands of young immigrants facing deportation, and largely unified behind the effort.
Voters "will see which Senators vote to shove aside veterans, military families, and vulnerable children to hold the entire country hostage until we pass an immigration bill they have not even written yet, ' McConnel continued".
Many Democrats want it to include authorization of a program created to block deportation of people who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents. They do not want to pass the short-term funding bill - known as a continuing resolution - because it does not contain an extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program, which is set to expire in March.
In a tweet, the Republican president criticised a sweetener added to the spending bill by congressional leaders to win Democratic lawmakers' votes, BBC reported on Thursday. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) - also saying they could not vote for the short-term spending bill, Schumer said Trump would see "that this approach was rejected on a bipartisan basis" and "come to the table and negotiate".
Other Republicans have also said they have issues with the bill, especially outside the context of comprehensive immigration reform. Still, the line among Republican leaders appears to be that any potential shutdown is entirely the fault of Senate Democrats.
Flake said he would be willing to vote for Schumer's proposal to push the shutdown deadline off for a few days, and some other Republicans seemed open to the idea.
"I don't know whether we're close to an agreement or far from agreement, but either way this makes sense to keep the government funded and require us to continue negotiations until we reach a conclusion", Moran said.
Already, there are signs the bill would not get the support of a majority of the House.
Democrats in the Senate have served notice they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that passed the House Thursday evening, seeking to shape a subsequent measure but exposing themselves to charges they are responsible for a looming shutdown. According to caucus chair Mark Meadows, Ryan promised them a vote on a conservative immigration bill that stands little chance of passing the House, much less the Senate, a separate vote on extra funding for defense at a later date, and other "subplots".
The measure then went to the Senate, which voted 97-2 to begin debate on the bill. "I hope he will show some leadership; he says he's the great negotiator".
Hours after Trump's tweets a White House official issued a statement to reiterate that Trump supports the short-term spending deal being pushed by Republicans.
In fact, House Republicans have even started a website, Schumershutdown.com, to attack the Senate minority leader.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said he's likely to vote for approval despite his reservations about the stopgap bill.
As passed in the House, the bill would fund the government for four weeks, extend the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years and delay implementation of three taxes imposed by the Obama-era Affordable Care Act.
"But I especially feel bad for the American people whose government the Democrats are threatening to shut down, and the nine million children whose health insurance could be thrown into jeopardy, because Senate Democrats cannot get their story straight". Standard & Poor's estimated that the 2013 government shutdown, lasting 16 days, cost the economy $24 billion and shaved 0.6 percent off the economic growth for the fourth quarter that year.