Ahead of a Friday deadline to fund the government, congressional leaders and top White House officials are clearing the way for a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill. The bill scraps several last-minute attempts to tack on controversial policy riders.
Trump administration and Hill GOP sources say the new spending package is unlikely to include legislation shoring up Obamacare’s insurance markets. One White House official called it a “heavy lift." This even as President Donald Trump made a last-minute push Monday to include the provision in the legislation.
The president also asked GOP leaders over the weekend to include a short-term patch shielding Dreamers from deportation for 2.5 years. This in return for $25 billion in wall funding. But Democrats balked at the idea, and Republicans appear ready to drop it. Democrat votes are needed for passage.