Feinstein to oppose stopgap funding bill over DACA, children's health program
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Pollsters: White college-educated women to decide if Dems capture House Trump, Feinstein feud intensifies over appeals court nominees American Bar Association dropping Kavanaugh review 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 TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East 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 McConnellGraham: I hope Dems 'get their ass kicked' for conduct around Kavanaugh Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Overnight Defense: Trump worries Saudi Arabia treated as 'guilty until proven innocent' | McConnell opens door to sanctions | Joint Chiefs chair to meet Saudi counterpart | Mattis says Trump backs him '100 percent' MORE and [Speaker] Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP GOP group makes late play in Iowa seat once seen as lost Adelsons donated M in September to help GOP in midterms 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 HarrisFox contributor: Warren's ancestors 'rounded up Cherokees for the Trail of Tears' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Pollsters: White college-educated women to decide if Dems capture House Trump, Feinstein feud intensifies over appeals court nominees 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.