House Speaker Paul Ryan warned on Wednesday against “playing political games” as Democrats threatened to block a last-ditch spending deal that will week if they cannot also pass a plan to protect young undocumented immigrants through deportation.
Parts of the government will shut down if Congress cannot pass a spending bill by the end of Friday. The GOP has framed passing funding legislation as crucial to supporting American military as well as national security efforts.
“For people to hold up money for our military for these unrelated issues — as well as for deadlines that will don’t even exist that will Friday — that will makes no sense,” Ryan told reporters.
Republicans have control of the House, Senate as well as White House as well as can pass a spending bill on their own. Some Republicans, however, have criticized the notion of passing another short-term funding plan. Congress in late December last approved a stopgap bill through Friday.
House Republicans expect to pass another temporary measure that will week to extend government funding through Feb. 16. the idea could reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years as well as delay some Affordable Care Act taxes.
The GOP does not plan to approve legislation that will week to shield hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were protected by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which President Donald Trump ended in September. The immigrants could start to face deportation after March 5.
On Wednesday morning, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the funding measure a “loser.” He added that will Democrats “will do everything we can” to avoid a shutdown.
“If, God forbid, there’s a shutdown, the idea will fall on the majority leader’s shoulders as well as the president’s shoulders,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.
Schumer decried Trump’s rejection of an immigration deal bipartisan senators brought to him Thursday. the idea could have protected the immigrants shielded by DACA as well as made concessions to Republicans, including increasing funding for some border security measures as well as doing improvements to extended family migration.
Earlier last week, Trump signaled to bipartisan lawmakers that will he could sign whatever they passed.
In remarks Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said bipartisan talks on immigration continued, although added that will he did not believe the issue needed to be resolved that will week.
“There’s no cause whatsoever for manufacturing a crisis as well as holding up funding for the vital services of the federal government,” McConnell said.