New budget barrier: Pelosi opposes pact if no 'Dreamer' help

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"Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits".

Of course, Ryan could avoid a lot of this if House Republicans were united on spending.

After months of public jousting and fruitless negotiations with Republicans and President Donald Trump, Democrats are running out of time - and options - in their fight to preserve a program that has protected hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the USA as children from deportation. We're not dependent on commercial or political support and we do not accept any government funding.

Trump has said he won't sign immigration legislation unless it addresses "four pillars": legal protections for DREAMers; money for border security and a wall; changes to family based or "chain" migration; and an end to the diversity visa lottery program.

The Senate is expected to pass the bill Thursday and send it to the House attached to a continuing resolution to fund the government into March.

The House vote ensured most employees would report for work as usual.

It also would increase the government's debt cap, preventing a first-ever default on US obligations that looms in just a few weeks. The debt limit would be suspended through March 2019, putting the next vote on it safely past this year's midterm elections.

Senate Democrats had no appetite for another shutdown.

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With Senate negotiators agreeing to a spending deal - which includes quite a few Democratic priorities but nothing on immigration - the House minority leader was in a hard spot.

"Many of our priorities are in the bill", she said Thursday. "And I'm very proud in that yielding that one minute we had the opportunity to listen to Leader Pelosi deal with an issue and demand that we have an opportunity to have a real debate and a real discussion in the People's House". Ryan's promise, activists noted, was far from a guarantee.

Pelosi's instincts and skills were honed in the living room of 245 Albemarle Baltimore, where the youngest of six and only daughter of Mayor Tom D'Alesandro Jr., learned to count votes by precinct and helped manage the "favor file", keeping track of those from whom reciprocation might be asked someday. But many Democrats back the measure without that assurance.

It wasn't clear as of Thursday afternoon how many Democrats would support the deal, as many would like to see a promise that immigration legislation will be brought to the House floor. He warned that Democrats would lose their leverage if they went along with the budget proposal. Their status has been in jeopardy since the Trump administration announced in September it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era initiative that has protected almost 800,000 of them from deportation.

Republicans, too, had their disappointments. "And Republicans say 'never.' They say 'never'".

Beyond $300 billion worth of record increases for the military and domestic programs, the agreement adds $89 billion in overdue disaster aid for hurricane-slammed Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, a politically charged increase in the government's borrowing cap and a grab bag of health and tax provisions.

For instance, Kevin Nicholson, a one-time head of the College Democrats of America who is now running for Senate in Wisconsin as a Republican, explained, "I saw the Democratic Party from the inside and saw the way that the party racially and ethnically balkanizes our country and encourages people to turn on each other and to look at each other as competing interests and not as fellow Americans". There's also $16 billion to renew a slew of expired tax breaks that Congress seems unable to kill. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. "But the problem is the only time we discover bipartisanship is when we spend more money".