A key House Republican leader acknowledges that some tax cuts in the sweeping tax legislation must expire to comply with Senate budget rules.
President Donald Trump's meeting with congressional leaders has relocated from the Oval Office to the White House Situation Room for a briefing on military readiness.
Pelosi also told reporters Thursday that lawmakers "will not leave here" without a deal to help immigrants who came to the USA illegally as children and are enrolled in the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Trump ended three months ago. The bill prevents a shut-down that would be triggered if Congress fails to pass a spending bill before a deadline of midnight Friday.
The delay underscored the clout that conservatives wield within the House GOP as the party aims to push legislation through the House and Senate this week to keep federal agencies functioning.
The short-term legislation is created to give bargainers more time to address remaining disputes over spending levels and other issues that have been folded into the year-end mix, including immigration and health care.
Republican Representative Paul Gosar, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said before the vote that he fears the December 22 deadline will force Republicans into too many concessions to Democrats on spending and policy.
House Speaker Paul Ryan continues to celebrate the progress of Republican tax reform as the legislation reaches conference.
"We expect a clean [continuing resolution] to pass with Democratic support", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Thursday. It praised Pelosi and Schumer for choosing to "put their responsibility to the American people above partisanship" and said Trump was anticipating productive talks between "leaders who put their differences aside". Democrats are demanding that the caps on non-defense and defense spending be raised equally.
The Democratic surrender was exposed in the Democratic leaders' explanation for why they want their members to vote against the GOP short-term budget extension, dubbed the "CR" for "Continuing Resolution".
The retreat was signaled on the same days that the Democrats leaders, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, is slated to meet with the President, GOP leaders and the Senate Democratic leader at a White House meeting to talk about the budget.
Byrne said that he'd be willing to include other bipartisan pieces of legislation with the defense bill, such as disaster aid funding or an extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program. One Freedom Caucus member, Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., said conservatives wanted leaders' assurances that they wouldn't agree to unacceptably higher spending.
Most House Democrats were likely to oppose the short-term bill, but enough were expected to support it in the Senate to allow its passage there, with the idea that Democrats would have some leverage to insist on future spending boosts for health care, infrastructure and other domestic programs that would match increases Republicans want for defense.
On Monday, McConnell expressed more confidence, saying, "We will pass it before the end of the week".
Behind the scenes, top Democrats and Republicans are preparing for a Thursday negotiating session with Trump over a long-term budget deal. Both sides say they want to provide money for a health insurance program that serves more than 8 million children and for states battered by recent storms. "I want to see Senate action, and I think they owe it to the House to show us those next steps". There are also demands for money for battling opioid abuse.