The Democrats may have created a blockade giving them the power to get what they want.
Senate Democrats claimed to have the votes to block a temporary funding bill to force progress in negotiations with congressional Republicans and the Trump administration on immigration. Conservatives in the House, meanwhile, said the measure was in trouble in that chamber.
At least nine of the 18 Democrats who voted for a temporary funding measure in December have publicly announced their opposition, and a Democratic aide said there won’t be enough party members who support the bill that is under consideration in the House.
Republicans would need at least a dozen Democratic votes to get the bill through the Senate after at least three of the 51 Republicans in the chamber have said they would vote against it.
In the House, Speaker Paul Ryan was still facing dissent from a group of conservative Republicans, even as lawmakers there took a procedural step to clear the way for a vote on the stopgap funding bill Thursday night. “I promise you he doesn’t have the votes,” Representative Mark Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said. Bloomberg