"So, we will see sometime today whether or not they have the votes for that".
"They shut down the government over a completely unrelated issue and the bill that they're opposing is a bill that they support", Ryan said Sunday, addressing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which was at the center of debate in the Senate before the government shut down.
"This eye-popping number is a testament to Speaker Ryan, House Republicans, and the agenda that they led the fight on in 2017", said Kevin Seifert, executive director of Team Ryan, in a statement.
Ryan is transferring $32 million of those funds to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) ahead of the midterm elections, his team said in a release on Thursday. The bill was approved by the House, but after some Senate Republicans and most Senate Democrats voted against it, the government ceased some operations until a compromise is reached.
Yet if Ryan caves to Meadows's demand for a vote on what is essentially Trump's immigration policy, he may be sabotaging any chance of a bipartisan immigration deal, which has to happen before the spending crisis is finally resolved (i.e., when the final stopgap bill expires next month). "But Senate Democrats believe none of it is too high a price to pay for appeasing their political base".
The House passed a stopgap bill that would have funded the government through February 16, but the Senate rejected the bill on Friday. "Stop holding children's health insurance hostage".
"Senator Schumer, do not shut down the federal government", said Ryan, adding, "It is risky".
Concern for CHIP is also not directly tied to the current shutdown.
Congress failed to pass a spending measure on Friday leading to the government shutdown. Though the impact would initially be spotty - since most agencies would be closed until Monday - the story would be certain to dominate weekend news coverage, and each party would be gambling the public would blame the other. Democrats want a deal to protect around 700,000 immigrants from deportation who arrived in the U.S.as children and now are here illegally. A resolution to fund the government did not pass, sending the federal government into a shutdown. Trump has ended an Obama-era program providing those protections and given Congress until March to restore them.
The same could be true of this shutdown, if Trump and the Republicans wanted it, and it isn't just Democrats saying so. "But what's baffling about this, John, is we were in negotiations on how to solve this problem, and then they blew that up and stopped these negotiations".