U.S. dollar skids as government shutdown jitters hit

House Republicans plan to go ahead with a vote on a temporary spending measure aimed at keeping the USA federal government open after a midnight Friday deadline.

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. Conservatives are irked that Republican leaders have failed to reach a broader budget deal that funds the military for the rest of the fiscal year.

Ryan is gambling that enough Democrats will go along.

Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat who last month narrowly won an upset victory in a special election in solidly conservative Alabama, dodged questions about how his constituents would respond to a government shutdown over Dreamers. But Republicans on Capitol Hill aren't so sure.

Meadows said GOP leaders must have some Democratic support if they think they now have enough votes to pass the CR.

Less than a week ago Trump said during a televised, bipartisan meeting with lawmakers that he wanted a "bill of love" on immigration.

Even among Republicans there was "grumbling", Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson said.

Hopes that Congress would vote on an immigration package as part of a government funding extension were already fading when Trump allegedly used vulgar language last week in questioning the need for the United States to accept immigrants from Haiti and African nations. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.)-are taking hardline stances on a spending deal, insisting on voting down any government-funding bill that does not protect so-called "Dreamers", immigrants brought to the US illegally as children, from deportation.

Buck's comments come as other caucus members signal that a deal to keep the government open remains in flux. Jeff Flake (, Ariz.), Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.), to show some spine as well. Buck added he expects Republicans will nail down a deal to keep the government funded Tuesday night.

Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and President Trump speak during a meeting on immigration policy at the White House on January 9.

Without a solution to shield those immigrants from deportation, many Democrats in the House and Senate said they would oppose a short-term spending bill.

USA judge blocks Trump move to end DACA program for immigrants
The outcome of the immigration debate will impact northern MI , including so called Dreamers who benefit from the DACA program. The tentative deal also addresses border security, including a border wall, the diversity visa lottery and chain migration.

If they leave the deal in the hands of the White House and Ryan, Republicans must know they will careen toward a shutdown. "We want to do what the president wants to do".

"I am telling you that he did not use that word".

That's a remarkable statement coming from a high-ranking Republican in the midst of a budget crisis.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, also a Republican, said senators from both parties support a proposed compromise. Trump wasn't apologetic and denied he was racist, instead blaming the media for distorting his meaning, said the confidant, who wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The restive House Freedom Caucus made a bid Tuesday to have a full-year defense spending bill inserted into the stopgap but appeared to be rebuffed.

House GOP leaders are looking to delay implementation of unpopular taxes on medical devices and generous employer-subsidized health care taxes as sweeteners for a stopgap spending bill that's needed to avert a government shutdown this weekend.

The president has also remained insistent that the government will shut down unless Democrats agree fund construction of a wall along the Mexican border. "Yeah, I would like to do it", he said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seems close to conceding that a shutdown is likely to happen.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., warned Thursday morning that "it doesn't look good" for the version of the stopgap set for a House vote and complained about the confusion resulting from Trump's tweets.

It depends on when an agreement is reached in Congress. "No more Lotteries! #AMERICA FIRST". She said her parents "never took a thing" from the government while achieving the American dream.

Even Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the third-highest-ranking Republican senator, said the current plan was in danger. Dick Durbin (D-IL).


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