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GOP pushes stopgap spending measure as shutdown looms

Republican lawmakers concluded Monday that they could not muster enough votes to pass a long-term deal to fund the federal government before a Friday deadline, leaving them focused on passing another stopgap spending measure and raising the odds of a government shutdown, The Washington Post reported. Hope for a deal diminished due to mistrust stoked in a White House meeting on immigration last week, when President Trump, according to Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin (Ill.), described Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries." Trump tweeted Monday that "Dicky Durbin" had "totally misrepresented" what he said, saying the Democrat had torpedoed chances of a deal to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. Two Republican senators who disputed Durbin's account reportedly told the White House they heard Trump say "shithouse" rather than "shithole."