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Prospect of Shutdown Looms Ahead of Friday Deadline

first_imgThe pace of negotiations over bipartisan agreements to raise the statutory spending caps and address the fate of “Dreamers” is expected to accelerate this week as Friday’s deadline to pass a fourth continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government running approaches. Last week progress over both issues was upended after President Trump made disparaging comments about Haitian immigrants and African countries during a White House meeting with lawmakers. Failure to strike a deal on both fronts creates the conditions for a government shutdown when the existing stopgap runs out Friday at midnight.Defense hawks in the House have threatened to withhold their support for another stopgap unless a two-year agreement that significantly lifts the cap on defense spending is reached. The votes of the 34 GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee will be critical as support from the Republican Conference for each CR has gradually declined since the first stopgap was passed.While Democrats in the House appear likely to oppose a CR if it doesn’t extend legal protection for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, it’s not clear whether the Senate’s Democratic caucus is willing to force a showdown over the issue. The Republicans will need at least nine Democrats to pass a new CR in that chamber.The dynamics add up to an unusually uncertain outlook, with many lawmakers reluctant to predict how events will play out, reports the Washington Post. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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