Feinstein to oppose stopgap funding bill over DACA, children's health program
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinCoalition of 44 groups calls for passage of drug pricing bill An open letter to the FBI agent who resigned because of Trump Nunes 'memo' drama proves it: Republicans can't govern, they only campaign 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 TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' 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 McConnellDems confront Kelly after he calls some immigrants 'lazy' McConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Defense: Latest on spending fight - House passes stopgap with defense money while Senate nears two-year budget deal | Pentagon planning military parade for Trump | Afghan war will cost B in 2018 MORE and [Speaker] Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Defense: Latest on spending fight - House passes stopgap with defense money while Senate nears two-year budget deal | Pentagon planning military parade for Trump | Afghan war will cost B in 2018 House passes stopgap spending measure with defense money 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 HarrisUK Labour leader hits back at Trump: We love our health system Dem senators tell Trump he doesn’t have ‘legal authority’ to launch preemptive strike on North Korea British health secretary fires back at Trump over universal health care claims 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.