Bitter divisions within the Republican Party are threatening to derail a stopgap spending proposal aimed at averting a government shutdown. Republicans have scrambled to muster enough votes to pass the measure — known as a continuing resolution — in both chambers. President Trump met Thursday with the far-right House Freedom Caucus members, who have pushed for increased defense spending, in an attempt to broker a deal; on Thursday evening, the caucus' leader said the group will back the bill. Senators on both sides of the aisle have expressed fatigue with interim fixes, given this would be the fourth continuing resolution passed in three months. Democrats are demanding that any bill include protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. The continuing resolution would finance the government through Feb. 16; current funding expires at midnight Friday.

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