U.S. Government Shutdown Begins as Congress Lets Funding Lapse

The U.S. government entered a partial shutdown as Congress missed a midnight deadline to pass spending legislation because of a Republican senator’s objections, but the lapse may last only a few hours as the House and Senate plan votes early Friday morning. There still are risks because of opposition in the House from conservative Republicans and some Democrats to the […]

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House Republicans eye defense spending boost

House Republican leaders are proposing a long-term boost to military funding in a bill that would give other federal agencies only a short-term extension of current spending levels, a move that stands to heighten tension with Democrats and complicate plans to keep the government open past Thursday. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) pitched the plan to his GOP colleagues […]

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Looming shutdown raises fundamental question: Can GOP govern

The Republican Party’s struggle to forge a plan to keep the government open exposes deep, intractable rifts that raise questions about its ability to govern, with GOP leaders handcuffed by party divisions and whipsawed by President Trump’s outbursts on how to proceed. The poisonous dynamic has now pushed Washington to the brink of a partial government shutdown, which will occur […]

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Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no

President Donald Trump says a children’s health insurance program shouldn’t be part of a short-term budget deal. Trump favors making the program part of “a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!” Trump is referring to the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP House Republican leaders have included a six-year renewal in a short-term […]

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Conservatives balk at GOP plan to avert government shutdown

Hard-line conservatives threatened late Tuesday to scuttle Republican leaders’ plans to prevent a weekend government shutdown, saying GOP leaders now lack the votes to push their proposal through the House. The setback came as a deal between President Donald Trump and Congress to protect young immigrants from deportation also remained distant. The intransigence by the House Freedom Caucus came as […]

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As Shutdown Talk Rises

 President Trump’s incendiary words about immigration have dampened the prospects that a broad spending and immigration deal can be reached by the end of the week, raising the possibility of a government shutdown with unknown political consequences for lawmakers in both parties. Democrats facing re-election in states that Mr. Trump carried in 2016 fear that a government funding crisis, precipitated […]

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DACA negotiations: Key questions to avoiding a shutdown

For all the ongoing negotiations, groups, and proposals related to the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, senior Republicans in both chambers have shifted gears fully to the idea that the government will need to be funded on January 19 without a DACA solution. Even the most optimistic say the chance of any agreement on immigration proposals coming together […]

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