DACA Deal 'Probably Dead,' Trump Says, Blames Democrats

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer says there's "very, very strong" sentiment among Democrats to oppose a four-week government-wide funding bill that's slated for a House vote Thursday.

Temporary government funding runs out January 19 and the House and Senate will have to pass a temporary extension to avoid a partial shutdown of the federal government.

"The White House is waiting for us to come with an agreement".

"I feel confident that we will not shut the government down and that there will be a DACA fix before March", he told NBC News.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters Wednesday that he hopes skeptical Democrats will support the spending bill to ensure that CHIP is extended.

But Trump, who has also pushed for changes to family-based immigration, signaled displeasure with the senators' proposal. "I mean, I will be signing it".

The bill is silent, however, on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a federal program that offered employment rights and other protections to qualifying immigrants who would otherwise be at risk of deportation.

Days after Trump sparked an global uproar by reportedly complaining about immigration from "shithole" countries, his administration sought to refocus the debate by tying a series of current immigration programs to terror threats.

As NPR and other outlets reported last week, it was Trump who rejected a tentative agreement reached by a small, bipartisan group of senators that would have allowed DACA recipients permanent residency in the USA and a path to citizenship. "I think we all have a pretty good idea of what we have to do".

The White House had no immediate comment.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) walk with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) during a news conference after a House Republican caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 17, 2018. They are all talk and no action.

Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, said he'll vote for a short-term spending bill without a plan to assist the immigrants facing possible deportation, saying, "Shutting down the government isn't going to help them". He called the latest short term bill "a proverbial crap sandwich", but said at this juncture he supported it. Democrats seeking leverage are forcing that bill to require 60 votes for passage.

The measure would extend the low-income children's health insurance program for six years while delaying some key Obamacare taxes for two years.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that the earlier version of the Senate immigration proposal failed to include enough money for border security.

Trump also denied making the statements attributed to him, but didn't get into specifics about what he did or did not say.

Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, told reporters he was personally "fed up" with short-term funding measures and would not vote for it. "And I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation", Perdue said on ABC's "This Week".

With Graham against the measure and Sen. "Enough is enough", he said. Now McHenry is trying to keep the defense hawks in line yet again while also brokering a deal with conservatives that could imperil the legislation in the Senate. While some members of both parties may want to continue fighting, "that's not where a lot of the Democrats that I've been working with are, that's not where the Republicans that I've been working with are. That is unfair to our communities, our frontline officers and agents, DACA recipients, and the constituents of those who are spending precious time impugning my character", the secretary said.

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