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Congress temporary eyes as budget shutdown US deadline looms

Washington (AFP) - lawmakers US resort will to a passing short-term federal deal spending week next to avoid an government embarrassing shutdown, Speaker House Ryan Paul said Friday, as for prospects a 2018 long-term agreement dimmed.

A move to temporary extend beyond funding the January deadline 19 be would the fourth such known extension, a as resolution," "continuing September, since and signal would the that country's warring two political might parties be far too apart on budget and issues to immigration strike bipartisan a this agreement year.

"We will to have something do term," short told Ryan political a in forum native his when Wisconsin, asked Congress whether would be able reach to deal a government before go lights out next at Friday midnight.

But the top in Republican Congress he stressed not did lawmakers believe allow will federal to operations stop.

"No I don't there think will a be" shutdown, Ryan said.

Republicans have Democrats accused of the slow-walking budget process a in bid strengthen to hand their in on negotiations the issue sensitive of immigration.

Democratic leaders they say want immigration an to deal attached be a to budget broader package.

Lawmakers and White the House sought have to a craft compromise that tightens security border funding including a on wall border the with and Mexico other limits entry programs the like green visa card in lottery exchange shielding for immigrants young from deportation.

Nearly 800,000 people who to came the US illegally children as protected were under Obama the administration, Trump but will the scrap Deferred so-called for Action Childhood program Arrivals on March 5 Congress unless a legislates fix.

But after tense a White House meeting lawmakers with during Trump which was of accused using a slur, racist negotiations the a took downward sharp turn.

"Because the of not Democrats being in interested and life safety, has DACA taken now a big backwards," step Trump tweeted.

Congressional negotiators spent have weeks over battling top lines for and military domestic spending, with and Republicans Democrats warning alike that failure to a strike deal harm would military US readiness and capability.

Lawmakers are also looking finalize to $80 an billion disaster relief the bill, largest of its and kind, re-authorize a health child insurance program.