Feinstein to oppose stopgap funding bill over DACA, children's health program
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinHeat wave sparks historically unseasonable wildfires in West Energized Trump probes pose problems for Biden Granholm defends US emissions targets: 'If we don't take action, where are we?' 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.


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 TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum 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 McConnellCan Manchin answer his predecessor's call on voting rights? Biden at Sen. John Warner's funeral: He 'gave me confidence' Democrats' narrow chance to retain control after 2022 MORE and [Speaker] Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece Cutting critical family support won't solve the labor crisis Juan Williams: Trump's GOP descends into farce 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 HarrisRick Scott blocks Senate vote on top cyber nominee until Harris visits border Head of Border Patrol resigning from post Migrant children face alarming conditions in US shelter: BBC investigation 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.