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US House, Senate seek spending deals as another government shutdown looms

The short-term funding bill would be Congress's fifth continuing resolution since the fiscal year started in October. Stopgaps are used when Congress fails to approve a full budget on time by a date.

Those protections were thrown into doubt previous year when President Donald Trump ordered DACA halted on March 5, saying Congress should come up with a legislative solution.

'If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don't want safety, and unrelated - but still related - they don't want to take care of our military, then shut it down.

Because congressional leaders still have not produced a long-term budget and spending agreement, another temporary funding bill is needed to keep the federal government running.

"We're focused on actually getting a solution, and frankly I think if anybody's lazy, it's probably Democrats who aren't showing up to work and aren't getting to the table to make a deal on this", said Sanders.

Trump and many conservatives in Congress insist that any legislation to help Dreamers contain at least three other elements: beefed-up border security including the construction of a wall on the US border with Mexico, the termination of a visa lottery programme and an end to the awarding of visas for immigrants' parents and siblings. I'd love to see a shutdown if we don't get this stuff taken care of, ' Trump said.

Also complicating matters was the fact that House conservatives are not enthusiastic about some of the big dollar figures being bandied about as part of a budget deal.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested on Monday an increase in defense spending through September 30 while lawmakers continue negotiations on spending for non-defense programs.

"If we can solve DACA and border security that may be the best I can hope for", Senator John Thune, a member of the Republican leadership, told reporters at the retreat. "Last week, a bipartisan majority in the House passed a bill that would fund our national defense through fiscal year 2018". Either way, Senate Democrats are keeping quiet about how they'll approach the situation.

"We appear to have a path forward on increasing defense spending above the caps in return for significant increase above the caps for non-defense discretionary spending", said Sen.

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Other speakers include former attorney general Eric Holder Jr, who is leading an effort to win back state legislatures so Democrats can have a strong hand in drawing congressional districts next decade, and former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) warned that the optics may be against the Democrats if they risk another shutdown.

Congress faces another deadline on a separate front.

Leaders were also weighing the possibility of attaching an increase to the nation's roughly $20 trillion debt ceiling to the bill.

"This legislation provides more time to reach a long-term deal on spending levels, while immediately providing our military with the resources they need, especially at this hard time", said Rep. Pete Sessions, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Rules Committee, which sets the parameters for debate.

Democrats had said they wanted to see more assurances on immigration negotiations before moving ahead with the caps deal, but rank-and-file Republicans said they sensed more flexibility from Democrats in recent days. About 700,000 of them signed up for the DACA program, which Trump has moved to cut off on March 5.

Lawmakers are trying to agree on legislation that would protect Dreamers and boost border security.

"He has deliberately and sometimes, not on goal, done a lot of things to increase polarization between the parties, so certainly he hasn't helped the issue at all", said Barratt.

Trump said speaking to law enforcement panel. Democrats oppose that idea.

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