Many Democrats have kept their options open in part because it was unclear if Hose Speaker Paul Ryan and his lieutenants would even have the votes in their Republican conference to pass a short-term spending bill out of the House as they did Thursday.
Ryan added a six-year extension of the popular Children's Health Insurance Program to lure Democratic votes, and included military spending and delays on taxes on high-end health insurance, medical devices and health insurance providers to entice conservatives. "We'd still like to see a clean, two-year funding bill", she said, referring to a proposal to set a longer-term budget and spending plan.
Trump took particular issue with the idea that people who'd fled to the US after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti would be allowed to stay as part of the deal, according to the people briefed on the conversation. But the chances of a shutdown appear to be growing as the deadline nears and discussions between Republicans and Democrats remain mired in uncertainty, mistrust and frustration.
Hours after the USA government announced it would again begin processing renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals due to a federal court order, President Trump claimed that the program - which has granted a temporary legal reprieve to people who were brought to the us illegally as children - was "probably dead".
House Republican leadership did propose a short-term government funding bill Tuesday night.
Sanders added that "the president certainly doesn't want a shutdown".
"I think that we're optimistic that we'll get a deal - I think this week would be a fairly Herculean", Short told reporters following a meeting on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
Trump last week rejected an immigration deal drafted by a bipartisan group of senators.
House Republicans are under pressure to approve the stop-gap measure without much help from Democrats. But why not? What if we all accept that Democrats think Trump is a racist, Republicans disagree (at least some of them) and then they put that aside and just negotiate a deal anyway - without the president?
"I'm looking for something that President Trump supports".
That agreement lies in the fact that "there are so many of us that want to fix the Dreamers problem, but also want to secure our border" and fix the legal immigration system, he said, although he conceded that there is less agreement on the last issue.
While that matter works its way through the courts, President Trump on Sunday was blasting Democrats over failed political efforts to reach a deal on the future of some 800,000 illegal immigrant "Dreamers" under DACA.
In the meantime, the 800,000 people who are protected under the program are ensured their ability to live and work in the US, according to CNN. You have a vast agreement between the Democrats and the Republicans. A program Trump has been trying to end since coming into office.
McConnell's admission that he's waiting on Trump to lead before putting a DACA bill on the floor is an ominous sign for DACA supporters and recipients, who want to codify DACA protections into law before the program expires March 5.