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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 HeinrichFor everyone’s safety, border agents must use body-worn cameras Electric carmakers turn to Congress as tax credits dry up A Senator Gary Johnson could be good not just for Libertarians, but for the Senate too MORE (N.M) and Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallHillicon Valley: Officials warn of Chinese influence efforts | Dow drops over 800 points | Tech stocks hit hard | Google appeals B EU fine | James Murdoch may be heading for Tesla | Most Americans worried about election security For everyone’s safety, border agents must use body-worn cameras Senate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh 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 TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration 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 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 LeahyOvernight Defense — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Missing journalist strains US-Saudi ties | Senators push Trump to open investigation | Trump speaks with Saudi officials | New questions over support for Saudi coalition in Yemen Senators trigger law forcing Trump to probe Saudi journalist's disappearance Justice Kavanaugh will be impartial, not political like his opponents MORE (D-Vt.) came out against the continuing resolution on Wednesday and Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOvernight Energy: Trump administration doubles down on climate skepticism | Suspended EPA health official hits back | Military bases could host coal, gas exports Trump poised to sign bipartisan water infrastructure bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Senators face Wednesday vote on Trump health plans rule | Trump officials plan downtime for ObamaCare website | Lawmakers push for action on reducing maternal deaths 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.