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House Republicans just released their plan to avoid a disastrous government shutdown

17 January 2018

Key support came from Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker, whose conservative group includes some 170 members. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters.

Box in GOP leaders, according to multiple aides. How many supporters the bill can boast will be something to keep a close eye on.

But it's possible Democrats' pro-government reputation would shield them from blame if they do trigger a shutdown.

Can Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pick off a dozen or so Democrats on a short-term funding bill, despite Democrats coalescing around the idea that this is their moment to fight?

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Historically, there is typically a moment of de-escalation that comes sometime between 24 and 48 hours before the final deadline - a "cooler heads prevail" type of scenario that ends up winning the day. "The alternative is to let the Democrats crash the whole government, and that's what they are trying to do". There are defense hawks who are very wary of voting for it without a deal in place to raise the cap on defense spending. Some in the conservative House Freedom Caucus, however, expressed concerns that included a lack of any agreement on defense spending, possibly throwing the entire bill into jeopardy. House Republicans will have a closed door conference meeting tonight to sketch out their pathway forward.

Republican congressional leaders have dismissed the request as impractical.

Meadows said, however, that the Freedom Caucus is under pressure to vote for the measure.

Speaker Paul Ryan and his leadership team late Tuesday released a stopgap spending bill to keep the government operating through February 16, setting up a likely vote in the House Thursday.

A long-term reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program, now projected to have no net cost to the federal government or even generate savings, is also in the mix although final decisions haven't yet been made on whether to attach CHIP to the stopgap this week or reserve it for the broader follow-on budget bill, sources said. He argued that if Republicans can do it, Democrats can. The wonderful thing about this moment is nobody really has any idea.

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Republicans contend Democrats would be foolhardy to trigger a shutdown.

U.S. Reps. Darrell Issa and Ed Royce have announced their retirements, and the Republican Party must now scramble to find suitable candidates in a liberal state, dominated by left-wing politicians, or else risk losing two GOP seats. We need a merit based system of immigration, and we need it now! Another two (Sens. Doug Jones and Tina Smith) weren't in the Senate for the vote.

The Republican president rejected a bipartisan agreement reached by a group of senators.

Some Freedom Caucus members said they would vote for the stopgap continuing resolution however, limiting any leverage Meadows might have.

Warnings about a partial government shutdown are nothing new to feds, but the chances of the first closure and furloughs since 2013 appear to have increased this week in the wake of news that President Donald Trump slammed immigrants from "shithole countries" at a White House meeting with lawmakers and government officials. President Donald Trump signed the previous continuing resolution into law on December 22, after it passed the House with 17 GOP defections - enough to pass with Republican votes, although 14 House Democrats backed it as well.

After Trump's incendiary language and his rejection of the bipartisan deal last week, Democrats may be leaning more toward withholding their votes on a spending compromise.

Reminder: this is about far more than a government spending deal and enshrining DACA protections/new border security provisions into law.

But a major road block remains: Democrats insist that any increase in defense spending be matched with an equal increase in nondefense spending.

Bottom line here: Republicans accuse Democrats of slow-walking talks on all of the above as they push for a DACA resolution.

Democratic strategists involved in 2018 races acknowledged the complicated politics of immigration but noted that protections for Dreamers are politically popular across the board and said Republicans - who control all levers of government power - would be blamed for a shutdown.

House Republicans just released their plan to avoid a disastrous government shutdown