Immigration could set stage for big U.S. budget showdown

File photo of border fence at the United States-Mexico border outside of Brownsville, TexasCongress who object to President Barack Obama’s immigration policies are threatening to tie a must-pass budget bill to the issue, making for a possible showdown in September and raising the specter of a government shutdown. White House-Congress tensions rose on Wednesday when Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said the president’s upcoming decision on steps to possibly ease some immigration rules would not be affected by Republican tactics. “It would be a real shame if Republicans were to engage in an effort to shut down the government over a commonsense solution (on immigration).” When lawmakers return from their summer recess on Sept. 8, they hope to sprint to another long break beginning around Sept. 19. Federal agencies were shut down for 16 days because of a lack of funds, before a bruised Republican Party relented.

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