Feinstein to oppose stopgap funding bill over DACA, children's health program
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDems urge tech companies to remove 3D-gun blueprints Progressives fume as Dems meet with Brett Kavanaugh GOP lawmaker calls on FBI to provide more info on former Feinstein staffer MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday she will oppose a stopgap spending bill if it doesn't include a key Obama-era immigration program and long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

"It’s absolutely unconscionable that Republicans are leaving these items out of their bill to fund the government. Given the lack of any realistic plan to pass the Dream Act and long-term CHIP funding, it’s my intention to vote against the continuing resolution," Feinstein said in a statement.

The House continuing resolution (CR) includes a short-term CHIP extension through March. It doesn't include a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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Feinstein is up for reelection in 2018 and facing a challenge from the left amid criticism that she hasn't taken a hard enough line against Republicans and President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL players stand in tunnel during anthem, extending protests 12 former top intel officials blast Trump's move to revoke Brennan's security clearance NYT: Omarosa believed to have as many as 200 tapes MORE.

She has been facing pressure to oppose the stopgap measure, which is expected to fund the government through mid-January, from activists and other members of her state's congressional delegation.

Feinstein said on Thursday that she's supported the Dream Act for more than a decade and been a "vocal supporter" for individuals covered by DACA.

"I call on President Trump, [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP leader criticizes Republican senators for not showing up to work Reforms can stop members of Congress from using their public office for private gain Name change eludes DHS cyber wing, spurring frustration MORE and [Speaker] Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP super PAC hits Dem House hopeful as 'Pelosi liberal' in new Kansas ad Trump revokes Brennan's security clearance The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE to do their job, include the Dream Act in this bill, include long-term funding for CHIP in this bill, include funding to stabilize the Affordable Care Act so millions don’t lose health care," she said.

Feinstein is one of several Senate Democrats, including Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisOvernight Health Care: Arkansas Medicaid work rules could cost thousands coverage | Record number of overdose deaths in 2017 | Dems demand immediate reunification of separated children Senate Dems demand immediate reunification of remaining separated children Lewandowski says Bloomberg would be 'very competitive' against Trump in 2020 MORE (Calif.), who have said they will oppose the CR over DACA.

The Trump administration announced earlier this year that it was ending the program, which allows individuals brought into the country illegally as children to work and go to school. 

Congress faces a mid-March deadline to pass legislation or hundreds of thousands are at risk of being deported.