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OffbeatShutdown-Averting Deal Quickly Hits Oily Snag

00:06  20 december  2018
00:06  20 december  2018 Source:   rollcall.com

U.S. Senate OKs government funding through Feb. 8 to avert shutdown

U.S. Senate OKs government funding through Feb. 8 to avert shutdown U.S. Senate OKs government funding through Feb. 8 to avert shutdown

Aiming to reauthorize the program, which lapsed Sept. 30, before the year ends, lawmakers from both parties have been locked in negotiations for weeks. But several conflicts, including whether to move stand-alone legislation or as part of a broader package, have delayed a deal negotiators had hoped to

Shutdown - Averting Deal Quickly Hits Oily Snag .

Shutdown-Averting Deal Quickly Hits Oily Snag© Provided by CQ Roll Call, Inc. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has been one of the leading advocates of LWCF reauthorization. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A measure to extend spending authority for several Cabinet departments and assorted agencies through Feb. 8 was hung up in the Senate Wednesday afternoon over a spat involving the Land and Water Conservation Fund and other items left out of the stopgap.

That’s according to Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby, who expressed hope that senators could be convinced to let the measure through the chamber.

Trump: Shutdown 'hopefully' won't last long

Trump: Shutdown 'hopefully' won't last long President Trump warned Friday evening that a government shutdown appeared inevitable, while adding that it would "hopefully" not last a long time. In a video released hours after Congress adjourned for the day, the president warned of violent, criminal gangs which he argued were infiltrating the U.S. along its southern border while calling for the Senate to approve a bill passed by the House that would fund the government including billi ons of dollars for Trump's planned border wall. "Our great country must have border security. We don't want people coming in who aren't supposed to be here," Trump says in the video. "It's very dangerous out there.

To the editor: Watching President Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) argue about a border wall and a potential government shutdown reminded me of a joke. The late comedian George Carlin once said: “In America anyone

The biggest snag came as negotiators neared a deal on Sunday: Liberals led by Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, Democrat of California, pushed a plan to cap the number of detention Mr. McConnell, quickly shifting from opposing the declaration to managing its rollout, snapped back, “Who cares?

“I would hope that people will become rational and realize that the CR is clean. We want to keep it clean,” the Alabama Republican said. “We’ve fought to keep it clean, and the president I think has signaled explicitly that if it’s loaded up, he’s not going to sign it.”

“People want to ride the truck, and I don’t think this is a good time to do it on a CR,” Shelby said.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund uses fees charged on profits from oil and gas operations on public lands to buy and preserve public lands for recreation. Aiming to reauthorize the program, which lapsed Sept. 30, before the year ends, lawmakers from both parties have been locked in negotiations for weeks. But several conflicts, including whether to move stand-alone legislation or as part of a broader package, have delayed a deal negotiators had hoped to clinch by Dec. 7.

Schumer, Pelosi: Trump got 'what he wanted' with shutdown

Schumer, Pelosi: Trump got 'what he wanted' with shutdown Democratic congressional leaders hammered President Trump early Saturday as large swaths of the federal government shut down after Congress failed to reach a deal over funding for Trump's border wall. 

To avert another shutdown , Congress must pass - and the president must sign - the deal by Friday. The compromise includes .375 billion for 55 miles of border barrier, which falls well short of the .7 billion Trump had originally demanded. It's also below the .6 billion proposal included in a Senate

The deal still needs to be approved by Congress and signed by the president. Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Trump said of the deal : "I can't say I'm The shutdown was triggered after Democrats denied the president funding for his promised wall on the border with Mexico, and Mr Trump refused to budge.

Sen. Richard M. Burr, one of the leading advocates of the LWCF, said “I’d like to get land and water conservation fund reauthorized today.”

But the North Carolina Republican also said, “I’m not advocating closing down the government.”

The continuing resolution already includes several add-ons, including temporary authorization through Feb. 8 for several expiring programs including the Violence Against Women Act, the National Flood Insurance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and authority for the EPA to collect pesticide registration fees.

The CR would also extend through Feb. 8:

  • A Department of Homeland Security program designed to protect chemical facilities from terrorist attacks.
  • Two lapsed Department of Health and Human Services authorities designed to combat pandemics and potential biological attacks.
  • The E-Verify program, which employers use to check the immigration status of prospective workers, and visa programs for foreign investors, seasonal workers, medical school graduates and religious workers.

There is also authorization through March 31 for two so-called Medicaid extenders:

Dem senator vows to donate salary for each day of government shutdown

Dem senator vows to donate salary for each day of government shutdown Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto announced that she would again donate her salary to a charity for every day the federal government is shut down. "I cannot take a salary during a government shutdown knowing that so many federal workers in Nevada and across the country will go without pay," Cortez Masto tweeted shortly after the shutdown began at midnight. "I'll be donating my salary to a Nevada charity for every day of the Trump shutdown." Cortez Masto also criticized President Trump for bringing the country "into yet another crisis right before the holidays.

Democrats moved quickly to sell the deal as a crackdown on the Trump administration’s immigration policies — likely an attempt to win over the It’s still unclear whether the House or Senate would move first. But both chambers must approve a deal by Friday to avert another partial shutdown , a

© Greg Nash Negotiators aiming to reach deal on Monday night to avert shutdown . Lawmakers said on Monday night that they had reached an agreement "in principle" to avoid a second partial government shutdown set to begin on Saturday.

  • A program known as “Money Follows the Person,” which helps people who receive Medicaid to live in the community rather than an institution.
  • A program that helps to ensure people whose spouse is covered by Medicaid for long-term care is still able to keep some of his or her income.
  • The decision to pass another continuing resolution instead of the final seven fiscal 2019 spending bills follows weeks of back-and-forth negotiations as lawmakers sought to reach some type of border wall funding agreement that could have gained the support of Democrats and President Donald Trump.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said repeatedly that the only two offers he would accept were the final six spending bills plus a full-year stopgap for the Homeland Security bill, or all seven with the Homeland bill including the $1.6 billion for 65 miles of “pedestrian fencing” in the Rio Grande Valley that both parties agreed to include in the Senate’s original spending bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made Democrats an offer on Tuesday that would have done just that but also included an additional $1 billion for addition border security measures that Democrats rejected as a “slush fund.”

Trump Tweets of Talks With Dems, Invites None to Talks

Trump Tweets of Talks With Dems, Invites None to Talks President Donald Trump claimed Saturday to be negotiating with Democratic leaders to end a partial government shutdown. But when he convened a lunch at the White House, he invited only Republican lawmakers and officials. In fact, Trump broke bread in the executive mansion’s private residence with mostly immigration hardliners. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said again Saturday that any deal that would re-open the Justice, Homeland security, Agriculture, Interior and other departments will have to be negotiated by Trump and Senate Democratic leader Charles E. Schumer.

Even with the resistance, Republican leaders and some Democrats expressed confidence that a government shutdown would be averted . Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, Democrat of Maryland, who as the chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee helped to negotiate a deal

WASHINGTON – Talks in the Senate aimed at resolving the crisis over the federal budget hit a setback Sunday as Democrats, emboldened by GOP disarray, pushed their advantage, leading Republicans to warn against efforts to "humiliate" their party.

McConnell introduced the CR as an amendment to a prior House-passed spending bill that stalled in the Senate on Wednesday morning that is expected to give lawmakers more time to reach a final agreement in the new year.

The House is expected to pass the continuing resolution on Thursday, possibly under suspension of the rules which requires the support of two-thirds of lawmakers present and voting. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the legislation once it reaches his desk, according to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn.

The current stopgap funding law expires at midnight Friday, after which the agencies that do not have final or temporary appropriations would partially shut down.

Ellyn Ferguson contributed to this report.

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Trump tells Dems to ‘come on over and make a deal’ as shutdown enters eighth day.
President Trump on Saturday called on Democrats to "come on over and make a deal" as the partial government shutdown enters its eighth day with no agreement in sight. "I am in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal on Border Security," Trump tweeted late Saturday morning. "From what I hear, they are spending so much time on Presidential Harassment that they have little time left for things like stopping crime and our military!" I am in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal on Border Security.

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