Republicans were trying to tamp down a conservative rebellion Wednesday and keep a stopgap spending bill on track ahead of a major vote Thursday, hoping to prove their party could govern and in the process trap Democrats in a shutdown showdown.
The bill includes government funding through mid-February, extends the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program and delays a series of unpopular Obamacare taxes, though it doesn’t include any action on immigration — something Democrats had demanded.
Top Democrats and Republicans did manage Wednesday to restart negotiations over a solution for illegal immigrant Dreamers by holding their first meeting in a week. In what passes as progress on Capitol Hill, they agreed to meet again Thursday to talk about how to continue meeting moving forward toward a bill that meets President Trump’s four goals.
“What we are tying to do is just get a schedule of meetings,” said Sen. Thom Tillis, North Carolina Republican. “That was the goal [to] get in a room.”
Given the time crunch, it’s unlikely any immigration deal could be added to the spending bill, which Republican leaders have scheduled for a vote on the House floor Thursday.
Republicans had hoped for easy passage in the House, where their numbers control the process, and send the bill to the Senate, where Democrats would have to decide whether to either accept the deal or filibuster, sending the
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