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Democrat Tim Kaine: 'We're Close Enough' on Shutdown Deal

Democrat Tim Kaine: 'We're Close Enough' on Shutdown Deal
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By    |   Friday, 19 January 2018 04:47 PM

Sen. Tim Kaine said Friday that Democrats and Republicans in the chamber "were close enough" on a deal to keep the federal government open — and that President Donald Trump ordering legislators to work through the weekend "would be really, really helpful."

"We can get there," Kaine, the Virginia Democrat who was Hillary Clinton's running mate in 2016, told reporters at the Capitol. "We're close enough we can get there."

Senate Republicans and Democrats remain bitterly divided over whether a government funding plan includes legislation to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program and to protect as many as 700,000 immigrants affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The House approved a 30-day continuing resolution Thursday that would keep the government running through Feb. 16.

On Friday, President Donald Trump and Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met for about 90 minutes at the White House in a last-ditch attempt to reach an agreement that would keep the government operating.

Without a funding plan, the government would close Friday at midnight. A 16-day partial shutdown in October 2013 cost American taxpayers $1.4 billion.

Other shutdowns occurred in 1995 and 1996.

Kaine told reporters that a final funding deal could only be reached "in the next few days," but said he would not support any stop-gap measure because too many continuing resolutions had been previously approved by Congress.

"At some point, it starts to look like the purpose is to delay rather than reach a deal," he told reporters. "We need to force the mechanism.

"If the president were to say: 'You stay at the table until you have a final deal' — and it's got to be bipartisan because of Democratic votes in the Senate — that would be really, really helpful."

"But the issues that were being debated … are well discussed," he added. "It's just a decision point.

"That can be hard."

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Sen. Tim Kaine said Friday that Democrats and Republicans in the chamber "were close enough" on a deal to keep the federal government open — and that President Donald Trump ordering legislators to work through the weekend "would be really, really helpful."
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