Trump says Democrats don't want DACA fix, want government shutdown

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While Trump's actions over the past week have made the politics of this shutdown showdown (I did warn you I really like that term) simpler for Democrats, the debate over how to proceed on immigration - and the broader strategic question over how much or little Democrats should cooperate with Trump and Republicans - is much more complicated for them.

The intransigence by the House Freedom Caucus came as Republican leaders raced against a Friday deadline for pushing a short-term spending bill through Congress.

The 10 Democrats up for re-election in 2018 in states Trump won in 2016 - including five in states Trump won by double digits - are wary of appearing to be reflexively anti-Trump given that numerous voters they will face in November still view the President positively.

But whether that combination is enough to get it through the House and Senate is far from certain. Trump wasn't apologetic and denied he was racist, instead blaming the media for distorting his meaning, said the confidant, who wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity. The agreement would have protected young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children - called "Dreamers" - and toughened border security with steps including funds to start building Trump's long-promised border wall. If the government shuts down, voters will blame Trump and Republicans.

Republicans and Democrats both want to lift spending caps, which limit the amount of money the government can spend without adding to the deficit.

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., defended the agreement as a "principled compromise" on NBC's "Meet the Press" and said, "I hope people will explore it". And it would delay several unpopular taxes included in the Affordable Care Act - a sweetener for conservatives. But Trump's dismissal of immigrants coming from countries in Africa and central America - and his preference for immigrants from countries like Norway - has altered that dynamic.

Trump has only given his blessing to one plan, authored by House conservatives, a plan aimed squarely at courting GOP votes in the House.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled the plan at a Tuesday evening GOP meeting.

"And then they lie about it", Cuomo said.

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Trump worked hard to recruit two 2018 Senate candidates, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and incumbent Sen. He said text of the bill would be unveiled on Wednesday. "We're optimistic that we'll get a deal", Short said.

"Most Democrats that are in red states don't have large Latino populations, so that worries me", said Rocha. Democrats seeking leverage are forcing that bill to require 60 votes for passage.

Lawmakers from Florida and Texas have been particularly adamant that a disaster aid bill must move soon and their support for a spending bill to keep the government open could be contingent on a deal that helps their battered region recover.

Of the 26 seats now held by senatorswho caucus with Democrats up for election this year, 10 are in states Trump won in 2016. Other red- and swing-state Democrats did not commit.

"I think everyone has the empathy and compassion to want to help these young people who are stranded and we're trying to find that, but shutting down the government isn't going to help them".

On the other side of that divide are the Democrats eyeing the 2020 presidential race - Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and others - who know that it's impossible to be too anti-Trump in the eyes of the party's liberal activist and donor base.

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer has insisted on attaching a Dreamers compromise to the spending bill, saying it's the only viable path to getting it done.

Lawmakers face mounting pressure to find a permanent legislative fix to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - the Obama-era initiative that extended temporary legal status to foreign nationals who illegally entered the country as minors - with Democrats threatening to withhold their votes on a spending bill needed to keep the government funded past January 19.