The Senate is slated to vote at noon on a bill that would fund the government through February 8 - shorter than the funding bill the House passed on Thursday. Senate Democrats voted against the measure because it did not include protections for the DREAMers, who now have temporary legal status under an Obama-era program called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that ends the government shutdown, and provides congressional negotiators with additional time to hammer out an immigration reform package capable of passing both the House and Senate.
With a 51-seat majority in the Senate, the Republicans did not have enough seats to pass the bill without some support from the Democrats.
The invitation came as a surprise to many of Trump's aides. He said, 'So, I hear we have a three-week deal.' I said, 'No, Mr. President, no one is even talking about a three-week deal, ' " Schumer recounted.
Before the briefing, Mulvaney told a group of White House reporters that the White House had told a bunch of administrative agencies to implement lapse plan, which means that they should prepare for a government shutdown. They may get a promise for a vote before the March 6 deadline that will end DACA, but as a political ploy, their shutdown strategy is going nowhere.
"As I've always said, once the government is funded my administration will work toward solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration", the statement said.
Under Senate rules, the bill needs 60 votes in the 100-member chamber to overcome blocking tactics by opponents. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that if there's no action on a DACA bill by that February 8 deadline, he'd allow a vote on a DACA agreement.
The Republicans added a sweetener in the form of a six-year extension to a health insurance programme for children in lower income families.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a stopgap funding measure on Thursday.
He added: "The Republican majority now has 17 days to prevent the Dreamers from being deported" referring to the 700,000 young immigrants brought to the U.S. under the scheme.
However Democratic and Republican senators have so far largely traded blame for the shutdown.
-Any move to halt deportation efforts aimed at immigrant "Dreamers", who were brought to the U.S.as children and are now in the country illegally.
"The President is actively working right now to prevent a shutdown", Mulvaney said, though he declined to say which lawmakers Trump spoke with on Friday.