>> Just two weeks after a three day government shutdown, lawmakers in Washington this week face another urgent deadline to keep the lights on. Congress needs to approve another short term funding deal by midnight on Thursday, when the money runs out. But Democrats and Republicans appear no closer on contentious issues than they were in January, when a stand off over immigration put federal agencies on ice.
Reporter Andy Sullivan is following this story.>> So we're basically right back where we were a few weeks ago. Congress is still fighting over spending levels, and they're still fighting over immigration. And they haven't made any process over any of these two fronts. So they just have to avoid disaster yet again.
>> This time around party leaders say the dispute over a program protecting young illegal immigrants known as Dreamers is unlikely to hold up a short term deal. That's after Republican Senate Leader, Mitch McConnell promised Democrats he would take up a bill to shield the Dreamers as long as the government remained open.
Now, the more likely scenario is that they will just approve another temporary funding bill that will keep the government open for a few more weeks. This just kicks these problems down the road. It buys them more negotiating time, but it doesn't solve any of the underlying issues.>> But even another stopgap bill is no sure thing.
Other issues, including funding for the military, could still trip up a deal. Republican leaders in the House are now floating a short term bill that would fund the government through March 23rd, while funding the Pentagon at higher levels for the rest of the year. But Democrats whose votes would be needed in the closely divided Senate are balking at the plan.
They're pushing for a bill with an equal boost in domestic spending.>> One that just funded defense would be barreling head first into a dead end.>> Winning support from Democratic lawmakers could be harder after Trump in Ohio Monday accused them of treasonous behavior for not applauding his State of the Union speech last week
>> Somebody said, treasonous. I mean, yeah, I guess, why not?>>
>> I mean they certainly didn't seem to love our country very much.>> The new shutdown threat loomed as Wall Street on Monday continued it's worse sell-off in years, raising the pressure to avoid another bitter stand-off that could further spook the markets.