Trump Threatens Shutdown as Negotiators Close In on Budget Deal

“We are closer to an agreement than we have ever been,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, a Democratic leader, said, referring to a negotiations over lifting a spending caps.

Republicans were likewise upbeat. “I’m confident that really shortly we’ll be means to strech an agreement,” pronounced Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, a infancy leader.

But if a bipartisan understanding falls through, lawmakers have no transparent devise to keep a supervision open past Thursday, with a parties conflicting over spending priorities and a boss lobbing written bombs from a White House.

“I would tighten it down over this issue,” Mr. Trump pronounced as he demanded an immigration understanding on his terms. “If we don’t straighten out a border, we don’t have a country.”

Mr. Trump’s call for a shutdown was not a initial time he had brandished a hazard of shutting down a government. He mused on Twitter final year that a nation “needs a good ‘shutdown,’” a thought Democrats did not forget.

And on Tuesday, in a distinguished moment, a lawmaker from a president’s possess party, Representative Barbara Comstock of Virginia, pushed behind during a White House meeting.

“We don’t need a supervision shutdown on this,” pronounced Ms. Comstock, a tip Democratic aim in a midterm elections. She represents a assuage district in Northern Virginia, an area that is home to many sovereign workers.


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Soon after, Mr. Trump interrupted her. “You can contend what we want,” he said. “We’re not removing support from a Democrats.”

It has been scarcely 3 weeks given the final shutdown — a three-day shutting that finished after Democrats won a guarantee from Mr. McConnell to have a Senate cruise legislation to strengthen immature immigrants who were brought to a United States illegally as children.

Mr. McConnell affianced that a Senate would spin to immigration if no understanding had been reached on that theme by Thursday, when a stream supervision appropriation magnitude is set to expire. This time, Senate Democrats have shown no ardour to force a shutdown.

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But a predestine of a immature immigrants, famous as Dreamers, stays rarely uncertain, generally given Mr. Trump’s insistence that Democrats determine to build a wall on a Mexican extent and order other tough immigration policies.

The White House arch of staff, John F. Kelly, also took a tough line on immigration during a revisit to a Capitol on Tuesday.

He pronounced Mr. Trump was doubtful to extend a Mar 5 deadline, when a Obama-era module to strengthen Dreamers — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA — is set to expire. And he pronounced a boss had been inexhaustible in his offer to give 1.8 million immature undocumented immigrants a trail to citizenship in sell for a array of tough immigration process changes.

“There are 690,000 central DACA registrants, and a boss sent over what amounts to be dual and a half times that number, to 1.8 million,” Mr. Kelly told reporters. “The disproportion between 690 and 1.8 million were a people that some would contend were too fearful to pointer up, others would contend were too idle to get off their asses, though they didn’t pointer up.”

Neither celebration seemed to have any thought how a immigration discuss would play out in a Senate in a days to come. Mr. McConnell has betrothed a giveaway and open debate, with senators authorised to offer amendments to whatever magnitude is brought to a floor. But what a starting check would demeanour like remained a mystery.

“That’s a $64,000 question,” pronounced Senator John Cornyn of Texas, a No. 2 Republican in a Senate. “Everybody wants to know, and Senator McConnell hasn’t told us.”


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Mr. McConnell gave small spirit of how a discuss would proceed.

“In a Senate, on those singular occasions when we have these kind of open debates, whoever gets to 60 wins,” he told reporters. “And it’ll be an event for 1,000 flowers to bloom.”

But with reduction than 72 hours remaining to avert a shutdown, congressional Republicans were relocating on an wholly opposite lane from a president, and immigration was not partial of a equation as a House changed forward with a refuge spending bill.

The House voted 245 to 182 to approve a bill, with many Democrats voting opposite it.

House Republicans were anticipating to vigour Senate Democrats to go along or face oppressive domestic consequences. The check would keep a supervision open by Mar 23.

“Quite literally a reserve of a use members and a confidence of a nation is during stake,” Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin said.

But 44 members of a Senate Democratic congress signed a minute in December hostile a House Republican approach. Passing a check in a Senate will need 60 votes, definition that those 44 Democrats, if they hang together, could retard it.

“This is not a critical bill,” pronounced Representative Nita M. Lowey of New York, a tip Democrat on a House Appropriations Committee. “It is zero some-more than a domestic ploy that will place us on a margin of another shutdown.”

If a understanding on a spending caps is reached, lawmakers could approve legislation that includes that agreement along with a proxy magnitude to keep a supervision open. The package could also finish adult carrying other equipment as well, including disaster assist in response to final year’s hurricanes and maybe an boost to a orthodox extent on a government’s borrowing authority.

Follow Thomas Kaplan on Twitter: @thomaskaplan.

Mark Landler and Sheryl Gay Stolberg contributed reporting.

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