The government shutdown negotiations are starting to careen off the rails


"Any distraction from that is a problem".

Federal workers demonstrate against the government shutdown in front of the US Capitol in Washington on October 4, 2013. Government closures would begin at midnight Friday night unless lawmakers approve more money.

The Freedom Caucus wants a longer extension. Republicans are hoping for more defense spending, while Democrats are prioritizing funding for the opioid crisis and extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections for "Dreamers".

Meadows and other caucus members said the group had made no final decision to back the short-term spending measure and planned to meet with House leaders later in the day.

Top Republicans are adamant about not sparking a federal shutdown that would deal the latest blow to a party that has strained all year to show it can govern effectively.

The GOP leadership also appears to be on board with playing hardball on DACA.

But in the Freedom Caucus's thinking, that Christmas pressure is more likely to get Republicans to sign on to a worse deal. That may threaten some of the deals Senate Republican leaders cut to secure votes for the tax plan, including heading off cuts to Medicaid and legislation to stabilize Obamacare insurance markets.

There seemed to be little taste by most in either party, at least for now, to shutter agency doors with 2018 midterm elections for control of Congress coming into view.

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"The point is we're having the kind of family discussion that we need to have about how to proceed forward with a majority", Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan: "I don't know" if there's a difference between Trump and Moore accusers DACA advocates see efforts gaining steam in the House Senate Democrats reject initial DACA offer MORE (R-Wis.) told reporters after the meeting.

"We´re glad the White House has reached out and asked for a second meeting", Schumer and Pelosi said.

"'The Freedom Caucus held up an unrelated vote on the tax bill, because they were unsatisfied with the Republican leadership's plan to keep the government open", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in a floor speech on Tuesday.

Without support from their own conservatives, House GOP leaders would need backing from Democrats to push the temporary measure through the chamber.

Knowing that, Democrats are using their leverage to try forcing concessions to boost domestic spending in areas like health care and infrastructure. Even if Republicans can pass a two-week spending bill on their own in the House, Democrats are still needed to pass the bill in the Senate. She said she's spoken to President Donald Trump three times, as well as to GOP Senate leaders and been given assurances that an Obamacare-fix proposed by Republican Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democrat Patty Murray of Washington will become law by December 31. Complicating the search for a pact are disputes over immigration, health and other issues folded into the year-end mix.

But No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas said Republicans oppose mixing the immigration issue into the budget talks because it could cause a shutdown that would "jeopardize our national security and other government functions, just in order to help these young adults". "We are certainly willing to enter into those good-faith negotiations, but they do not belong in the end-of-the year spending appropriations debate".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said Sunday on ABC's This Week program that there would be no government shutdown, Bloomberg reported Monday.