Chris Murphy

Government shutdown threat remains with divisions over immigration, military dollars

Government shutdown threat remains with divisions over immigration, military dollars

Bitter divisions in both parties threatened Wednesday to derail Congress's effort to keep the federal government fully operating past the end of the week.

The shutdown threat emerged on two fronts: Republican defense hawks in the House said a short-term spending plan the party introduced late Tuesday did not devote enough money to the military.

Meanwhile, Democrats, whose support would be critical for passage in the Senate, began lining up in opposition amid pressure from immigration activists to use the budget talks as leverage to legalize many young immigrants known as "dreamers."

By Wednesday evening, the short-term bill was on the cusp of failure.

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