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 HeinrichHillicon Valley: AT&T calls hiring Cohen a 'big mistake' | Wyden wants to block DHS nominee over Stingray surveillance | Amazon pressed on child privacy | One year anniversary of Trump cyber order Moment of truth for Trump pick to lead CIA Puerto Rico's electric grid under scrutiny as new hurricane season looms MORE (N.M) and Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallDem senator presses EPA over reporter 'intimidation' Dems expand 2018 message to ‘draining the swamp’ Overnight Energy: Pruitt taps man behind 'lock her up' chant for EPA office | Watchdog to review EPA email policies | Three Republicans join climate caucus 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 TrumpCEO of American investment firm believed Michael Cohen could bring in GOP donors for deals: report NAACP slams NFL for gag rule on national anthem Pelosi: Republican meeting over informant will 'nix' possibility of bipartisan briefing 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 GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP centrists in striking distance of immigration vote Dem leaders request bipartisan meeting on Russia probe Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA MORE (S.C.) expected to vote "no," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenators introduce bill to overhaul sexual harassment policy The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Republicans see some daylight in midterm polling Exclusive: Bannon says Rosenstein could be fired 'very shortly' MORE (R-Ky.) will need at least 10 Democratic votes. 
 
 
 
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. 
 
 
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.