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If funding isn't extended by Friday night, the government will shut down early Saturday, the first government shutdown since 2013, CBS News reported. "They want something to be done about this horrendous debt, something to be done about a lot of different things going on in the country". "Whether there is a government shutdown or not is now entirely up to them".

Trump worked the phones Thursday, talking to GOP leaders and calling into the House Freedom Caucus' afternoon meeting from Air Force One.

"We are here today because Republicans and President Trump have failed in their most basic responsibility as the governing party, bringing us mere hours away from an unnecessary and consequential government shutdown", he said.

But I especially feel bad for the American people whose government the Democrats are threatening to shut down and the nine million children whose health insurance could be thrown into jeopardy because Senate Democrats cannot get their story straight ... McConnell rejected that idea at the time.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters Friday that while he's hoping for the best, he's planning for the worst.

Republicans are insisting on a four-week funding extension that includes a six-year authorization for the Children's Health Insurance Program and delays several health-care taxes. Last fall, Trump announced that his administration would rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era program that protected the immigrants.

"The leader is looking to deflect blame".

Not all Senate Democrats opposed the one-month bill.

Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Bill Nelson of Florida are up for reelection this year in states Trump won and have been mum on their votes. That would be an indication the government is open, even if he signs the actual bill at a later time. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, Americans by a 20-point margin blame Trump and the GOP over Democrats if the government closes.

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He took issue with their efforts to include a fix for DACA in the short-term spending bill, noting that during the 2013 shutdown Democrats criticized Republicans for trying to insert non-financial issues into the appropriations process.

If a deal isn't reached by midnight, the reverberations will be felt across Washington, all over the nation - and within the White House residence.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., blasted Republican leadership as he entered his Capitol office.

The federal government remained on a path toward a shutdown Friday as the House prepared to adjourn and Senate Democrats rallied against a short-term spending bill that does not offer protections for young undocumented immigrants or address other priorities such as disaster relief.

"They're prepared to shut down the government over the issue of illegal immigration", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was quoted by the Hill as saying of Democratic lawmakers.

The House passed a measure Thursday night to continue funding the government through mid-February, but Republican leaders in the Senate don't have the 60 votes they need to advance it through their chamber and avoid a shutdown. The program expires March 5, but Republicans' message to their colleagues was "come on, you know we won't deport DACA recipients".

"There's no DACA bill to vote on, and there's no emergency on the timing", Short said.

Mulvaney reiterated at the press briefing that the White House does not want a shutdown.

In the event of a shutdown, the Interior Department plans to keep national parks and other public lands accessible. During the last shutdown, 850,000 executive-branch employees were furloughed.


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