One of the House's conservative leaders said on Thursday that Republicans have the votes needed to pass legislation that prevents a partial closure of the government over the weekend.
With the approval of the Senate it is also considered probable, the statements of Representative Mark Meadows, RN.C. it seemed to erase any doubt that Congress would pass legislation to keep federal agencies afloat until December 22. Your money runs out at midnight on Friday without approval of new funds.
But hours before President Donald Trump will negotiate with Congress leaders in the White Regarding long-term budgetary decisions, Meadows, who heads the House Freedom Caucus, says that the group will oppose any agreement that considers that allow excessive federal spending.
"I want to avoid a headline that says that the administration of President Trump passes the highest spending levels in the history of the United States," Meadows told two reporters. "There will be no support for numbers that are too high, regardless of anyone's position on that."
Meadows said the House's majority leader, Steve Scalise, a Republican, told him that Republicans have the votes they will need to pass the short-term spending measure on Thursday. Freedom Caucus members will likely give leaders the votes they need to pass the legislation, Meadows said.
Many conservatives had threatened to oppose the measure. Meadows says they will help him avoid the distractions of the Republican government to push his $ 1.5 trillion tax bill into Congress this month.
It also says that House Speaker Paul Ryan promised that he would fight to come weeks to approve an annual budget for the army and leave fights with Democrats over domestic spending for later. It is not clear how that strategy would work, since Republicans control the Senate 52-48 and will need at least eight Democratic votes to pass any spending legislation.
In another beer battle, Meadows said conservatives would strongly oppose any spending bill with provisions extending protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who illegally arrived in the United States as children. Trump ended the safeguards against deportation three months ago, but the Democrats are demanding their revival and Trump has expressed his openness to restore them.
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, told reporters Thursday that lawmakers "will not leave here" without language approval to help those immigrants.
The prospects for successful talks at the White House were affected on Wednesday when the impulsive Trump snapped at reporters that a shutdown "could happen." He blamed the Democrats, saying they want "illegal immigrants to enter our country, bringing with them crimes, huge amounts of crimes."
Last week, an unexpected attack by Trump on Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., and Pelosi asked the two to skip a negotiating session that was planned at that time.
This time, the White House softened the waters following with a more peaceful written statement. He praised Pelosi and Schumer for choosing to "put their responsibility on the American people over partisanship" and said Trump was anticipating productive conversations between "leaders who put their differences aside."
Later, the White House issued another statement indicating that Trump signed the two-week extension of expenses. He also set the administration's budget targets, saying that money for the military, including missile defense and security on the border with Mexico, "should be prioritized in a long-term financing agreement."
For Republicans, a shutdown would be a humiliating bookend in a year in which they have controlled the White House and Congress with little to show. But they seem headed for a big victory by sending their tax measure to Trump, wait for Christmas.
The two-week spending bill also makes money available to several states that are running out of funds for the Children's Health Insurance Program. That program, widely popular, provides medical care to more than 8 million children.
Although many Democrats appeared to oppose the short-term bill, it was hoped that enough would support it in the Senate to allow its passage there. They know that they will still have influence on the subsequent bills needed to keep the government running.
The Democrats have used their influence to insist on increasing the cost of health care, infrastructure and other domestic programs that would match the Republicans' increases in defense.
The writers of The Associated Press Andrew Taylor and Ken Thomas contributed to this report.