More Dem senators announce they'll oppose funding bill over immigration fight

More Dem senators announce they'll oppose funding bill over immigration fight
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Two Democratic senators said Wednesday they will oppose a House plan to fund the government, creating an increasingly uphill path in that chamber. 
 
Democratic Sens. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichThe Hill's Morning Report — GOP seeks to hold Trump’s gains in Midwest states Gary Johnson launches New Mexico Senate bid Hillicon Valley: 'QAnon' conspiracy theory jumps to primetime | Senate Intel broadens look into social media manipulation | Senate rejects push for more election security funds | Reddit reveals hack MORE (N.M) and Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallCourt orders Trump EPA to ban controversial pesticide Top Dems: Trump tweet telling Sessions to end Mueller probe was obstruction of justice Dem senators introduce resolution calling on Trump to stop attacking the press MORE (N.M.) said in separate statements they would not support the short-term bill and urged Republicans to come to the table on a bipartisan deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 
 
"This is no way to govern. I am not willing to leave these bipartisan priorities behind and vote for a bill that gives President TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan fires new shot at Trump: ‘He’s drunk on power’ Trump aides discussed using security clearance revocations to distract from negative stories: report Trump tried to dissuade Melania from 'Be Best' anti-bullying campaign: report MORE and congressional Republicans more time to hold the country hostage," Heinrich said. 
 
He argued that Republicans must either "accept the bipartisanship deal that is on the table or turn their backs on the American people.”
 
Udall said the House bill is "irresponsible" and Congress must "stop kicking the can down the road."
 
"President Trump and the Republicans have a choice: They can either come to the table and negotiate in good faith on a responsible funding agreement and protection for DREAMers — or they can cause a government shutdown," he said, referring to DACA recipients. 
 
Congress has until the end of Friday to pass a funding bill and prevent a government shutdown. 
 
The House GOP is pitching a bill that will fund the government through mid-February and includes a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 
 
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But that bill faces a narrow path in the Senate. With GOP Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate gets to work in August — but many don’t show up Graham: Flynn should lose security clearance Press needs to restore its credibility on FBI and Justice Department MORE (S.C.) expected to vote "no," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSen. Warner to introduce amendment limiting Trump’s ability to revoke security clearances The Hill's 12:30 Report Rand Paul to ask Trump to lift sanctions on Russian leaders MORE (R-Ky.) will need at least 10 Democratic votes. 
 
He could need more help if GOP Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSentencing reform deal heats up, pitting Trump against reliable allies Senate gets to work in August — but many don’t show up GOP leader criticizes Republican senators for not showing up to work MORE (Utah) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHillicon Valley: Trump escalates feud with intel critics | Tesla shares fall after troubling Musk interview | House panel considers subpoena for Twitter's Jack Dorsey | Why Turkish citizens are breaking their iPhones Overnight Defense: Trump cancels military parade, blames DC for cost | DC mayor hits back | Pentagon warns China 'likely' training for strikes against US | Turkey refuses to release US pastor On Russia we need diplomacy, not just sanctions MORE (Ky.), who opposed the previous continuing resolution, come out against this week's bill. 
 
 
But they are under growing pressure to oppose the short-term bill without a deal on the so-called Dreamers after the Trump administration kicked the issue to Congress last year by ending the DACA program. 
 
Several have said they will vote "no" on legislation this week. 
 
In addition to Heinrich and Udall, Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyDemocrats question if Kavanaugh lied about work on terrorism policy Senate returns to work on toughest 'minibus' yet GOP senator: Trump is ‘the only one in the government’ not paying attention to Russian threat to midterms MORE (D-Vt.) came out against the continuing resolution on Wednesday and Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperSenate panel spars with Trump administration over treatment of unaccompanied immigrant children Senate study: Trump hasn’t provided adequate support to detained migrant children Overnight Energy: Trump elephant trophy tweets blindsided staff | Execs of chemical plant that exploded during hurricane indicted | Interior to reverse pesticide ban at wildlife refuges MORE (D-Del.) told the Los Angeles Times that he was a "no." 
 
Each of the four senators voted "yes" in December. 
 
 
"Protecting Dreamers is a moral imperative. I will not vote for a spending bill that doesn’t treat Dreamers fairly," Gillibrand tweeted.