Feinstein to oppose stopgap funding bill over DACA, children's health program
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenators ask for removal of tariffs on EU food, wine, spirits: report Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Yates spars with GOP at testy hearing 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 TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' 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 McConnellOn The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate Democrats say White House isn't budging in coronavirus relief stalemate MORE and [Speaker] Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump slams 'rogue' Sasse after criticism of executive actions Wary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker Budowsky: Why I back Kennedy, praise Markey 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 HarrisCandidates on Biden's VP list were asked what they thought Trump would nickname them as part of process: report Bass on filling Harris's Senate spot: 'I'll keep all my options open' Election security advocates see strong ally in Harris 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.