WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSMiami) — Congress has until midnight Friday to pass a new spending bill to head off a government shutdown.
House Republican leaders say a long-term deal isn’t possible so they’re focusing on a one-month fix but even that proposal is facing resistance from Conservative Republicans and Democrats.
Protestors from around the country filled a Senate office rotunda demanding lawmakers protect DACA – the program that prevents undocumented people brought to this country as children from being deported.
Karen – a 23-year-old DACA recipient from Los Angeles would not give us her last name because she’s scared of becoming a target.
“They have all of our information, our fingerprints, where we live,” said Karen. “We’ve lived here all of our lives so we have no other place to go.”
DACA is not part of the latest short-term spending proposal from House Republicans.
The bill would keep the government open through February and it would extend the children’s health insurance program for six years.
“I find it difficult to believe that my Democratic colleagues would want to shut down the government for American citizens and vote down a six-year reauthorization of health insurance for American children – all over illegal immigration,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Some Democrats are demanding a DACA fix be a part of a short-term spending bill and some Republicans are threatening to vote “no” for different reasons.
“Above all else, I want to rebuild the military that’s in great decline,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump says he will sign off on a DACA fix as long as the bill includes money to build a border wall.
On Wednesday, General John Kelly, the president’s chief of staff, met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
“I hope, if anything else, the general got a very clear view that they’re going to have to come more to the center if they truly want a fix,” said Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ).
Congress has until midnight Friday to pass a deal before the shutdown begins.
The president has requested $18-billion to build the wall.