GOP leaders have consistently argued House Democrats would be responsible for a shutdown if the measure fails on the House floor, and Meadows conceded that it would be easier to blame Democrats for a shutdown if the House clears the bill but it fails in the Senate (Democrats are quick to point out that Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the Executive Branch). "We're going to do everything we can to avoid it", Schumer said.
On Tuesday, Trump blamed Democrats in Twitter postings.
"It's a bit naïve for Democrats to think when they control no branches of government ... they're gonna get everything they want", he said.
Then, Senate Republicans and Democrats brought him exactly such an agreement - codifying protections for Dreamers, protecting a few other smaller groups, and ramping up border security funding.
Now with a January 19 deadline looming for continuing to fund the government, conservatives say they can't support any spending bill that paves the way for a future immigration deal that could favor Democrats.
It would also give the Defense Department more flexibility to fund missile defense programs.
A House vote on an extension to February 16 is expected after 2:30 p.m. EST (1930 GMT), House Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, but it was unclear if there were enough votes to pass it in either the House or Senate. But what we are seeing from this side is a big squeeze on the Democrats and a new willingness to fight - and to deal, something that is President Trump's trademark.
Hopes of a deal to keep the government open have been complicated by lingering mistrust following an Oval Office meeting last week in which, according to several people familiar with the gathering, President Trump used vulgar terms to describe poor countries sending immigrants to the United States.
"It's critically important we make some decisions and start running the government like you would your household or a business", he said. "But what we can not have is a unprotected, unsecured southwest border that five, six, seven years from now, we have another group of 600 or 700,000 DACA people".
"We don't know whether the House will send us this bill, but the revulsion towards that bill was broad and strong", Schumer said.
Republican congressional leaders have dismissed the request as impractical.
If a temporary "continuing resolution" to keep the government operating results, it would be the fourth such measure since the 2018 federal fiscal year began on October 1, a sign of Washington's serious struggles to pass spending legislation.
When President Trump announced in September that he was ending the Obama-initiated Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, he called on Congress to come up with a legislative solution to shield its roughly 800,000 beneficiaries from deportation. "We are in Congress and, regrettably, Congress is an institution that only acts when it's forced to". Even if all House Democrats sit out the vote on the government funding bill, it'll likely have enough Republican support to pass in the House.
On Wednesday, House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadow of North Carolina said that there are enough "no" and "undecided" votes in his hard-line conservative caucus, assuming all Democrats voted against the measure as well, that the legislation would not pass. But he said he doubts there will ultimately be a shutdown. Many of these young immigrants are working in the U.S as teachers, first responders, and military personnel, Booker said, "and I'm not going to leave them behind".
"I think that we're optimistic that we'll get a deal". The continuing resolution in December passed easily in a 66 to 32 vote (two senators were absent), with two Republicans voting against it and 17 Democratic caucus members voting for it.
One option Republicans are strongly considering to win over Democrats, according to two aides familiar with the GOP's planning, is attaching a long-term renewal of the Children's Health Insurance Program to the stopgap.