Schumer: House funding bill 'a loser'

Schumer: House funding bill 'a loser'
© Greg Nash

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Red-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (D-N.Y.) blasted a House stopgap funding bill on Wednesday, calling the plan a "loser."

"It's a loser in terms of the things that this country needs. We could easily sit down and come to an agreement that would get the support of a majority of both sides," Schumer said from the Senate floor.

Schumer added that if "God forbid, there's a shutdown, it will fall on the majority leader's shoulders and the president's shoulders."

House Republicans are pitching a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government through mid-February.

It would include a six-year authorization for the Children's Health Insurance Program, a two-year delay of ObamaCare's medical device tax and Cadillac tax on high-cost health plans and a one-year delay of the health insurance tax starting in 2019.

Congress has until Friday night to delay a shutdown, the fourth such deadline since September. 

Republicans will need at least nine Democratic votes to get a short-term funding bill through the Senate.

But Democrats are remaining coy about if they will support another short-term bill. Eighteen Democrats voted for the December legislation.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Overnight Defense: Washington reeling from Trump, Putin press conference Feehery: The long game MORE (R-Ky.) on Wednesday urged Democrats to support the legislation instead of "manufacturing [a] crisis" over immigration — which is not a part of a deal.

"I find it difficult to believe that my Democratic colleagues would want to shut down the government for American citizens and vote down a six-year reauthorization of health insurance for American children all over illegal immigration," he said.

Schumer fired back, saying that President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE created a "manufactured crisis" when he announced he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and kick the issue to Congress.

"What leads to a government shutdown? One side deciding everything and then saying to the other side, you must go along," he said.

A bipartisan group of senators is expected to unveil their immigration legislation on Wednesday, but without Trump's approval, it appears unlikely to get a vote in the Senate.

McConnell added on Wednesday that it would not be possible to get a deal on immigration or the budget caps this week, but lawmakers have until at least March to pass a  fix for DACA recipients — immigrants brought to this country illegally as children who are protected under the Obama-era program.

"We have until March at least to complete our ongoing negotiations on immigration. We have until Friday to fund the government. I would urge my Democratic friends to honor their stated commitments and join in a bipartisan effort to keep the government open," he said.