Trump accuses Democrats of gunning for a ‘SHUTDOWN’ after tax cut loss as Republicans unveil bill to keep the government open for a month and extend children’s health insurance

Thursday, December 21, 2017
By Paul Martin

Stop-cap bill would keep the government funded until Jan. 19
Government funding expires at midnight Friday
Democrats are withholding support with no deal for DREAMers
Leadership negotiating with conservatives to get 218 votes
$81 billion disaster aid package currently on separate track
$2.85 billion to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program
Extension of Children’s health insurance plan included
Some Republicans pushed to include full Defense funding for the year
Rep. Meadows: ‘I don’t see a shutdown happening’
Kellyanne Conway: ‘White House is committed to keeping the government open’
Last-minute drama follows passage of $1.5 trillion tax cut

21 December 2017

President Donald Trump tried to rally wayward Republicans into passing a short-term extension to keep the government open by accusing Democrats of pursuing a holiday shutdown strategy.

Trump intervened with a public Twitter blast just hours after House GOP leaders quietly introduced their third iteration of a bill to keep the government running – punting on the most contentious issues and paying the bills at current levels for a month.

The minority party Democrats are holding out, after failing to persuade Republicans to include an immigration deal to protect DREAMers.

‘House Democrats want a SHUTDOWN for the holidays in order to distract from the very popular, just passed, Tax Cuts,’ Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday morning.

House Republicans, don’t let this happen. Pass the C.R. TODAY and keep our Government OPEN!’ Trump wrote,’ jumping into the debate.

House Republicans early Thursday unveiled a new, stripped-down spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and allow quarreling lawmakers to put off most of their unfinished business into the new year.

The bill released by the House Rules Committee includes $2.85 billion to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program through March.

Democrats were slamming Republicans for being willing to leave town after the program expired.
It provides benefits that cover 9 million children.

Republican leaders were negotiating on the bill late into the night Wednesday, just hours after passing a $1.5 trillion tax cut years in the making.

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