But that didn't phase Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who chairs the hardline House Freedom Caucus and is close to the president.
Government funding runs out at midnight on February 8, and Republicans do not, at the moment, have the votes to muscle through yet another continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open.
But the viability of bipartisan dealmaking will largely depend on the President, who in recent weeks has both rejected bipartisan proposals and sang the praises of a bygone era of cooperation with Republicans and Democrats. Until Congress can reach an agreement, all non-essential services are suspended and their employees go without pay. "I support those top four priorities", she said.
That fifth play is really the fifth CR Congress will have to pass to avoid a shutdown.
Democrats have said repeatedly that they want protections written into law for the Dreamers, who were given temporary legal status by Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which lets them study and work in the United States without fear of deportation. The appropriations bill is essentially the official term used for the budget, and can really be used interchangeably.
Part of what felled the Democrats in 2016 - aside from Trump's huge "good luck" that Comey opened a new investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server shortly before election day - was that as the governing party, they seemed to represent everything your average blue-collar American thought was wrong with the way they were governed.
As one GOP member put it: "To not address the must-do things at a retreat is a real tragedy".
"Yeah, I might do that", he told reporters on Jan 24. Dent said Thursday. "And that whole exercise is simply created to give members cover, who will vote against the inevitable compromise on DACA, so they can say they voted for it before they voted against it".
The argument for narrowing the deal is focused on what can actually pass. Senators working to craft a bipartisan compromise are aiming for something that can get even more votes than the 60 required to advance legislation, which in the 51-49 GOP-controlled Senate will require a good number of Democrats.
Over the past 2½ years, Trump blasted away at the lazy conventional wisdom on immigration with a blunderbuss; getting something to show for it legislatively will now require some deftness and guile. They talk like they do, but I don't think they do. "The more you give, the more you get", Graham said. This is the first time she emerged publicly since the bombshell report that Trump had a fling with a porn star. Now, Trump is insisting that the Senate vote on a bill that Dent says has a "less than zero" chance of passing that chamber.
In a pointed message to the Republican president to break the immigration stalemate, more than two dozen Democratic lawmakers invited Dreamers to his speech. And he blamed Democratic lawmakers for the impasse.
In fact, immigration has become such a touchy subject that Trump is one of the few Republicans still talking about it.
Almost 7 in 10 Americans support an immigration reform package that includes a permanent solution on DACA.
Even Trump, whose administration announced plans in September to shutter the DACA program, acknowledged possibly extending the deadline to protect the Dreamers.
Rep. Steve Stivers of OH, chairman of the House Republicans' campaign committee, said Mr. Trump remains popular in some of the key districts Republicans will need to hold and that their candidate recruitment efforts, fundraising prowess and overall message are strong enough to overcome challenges.
But even as measurements like the generic ballot have improved for Republicans, and the once-unpopular tax bill has moved to an about equal approval rating, some members don't buy that Republicans will effectively limit their losses. It is very rare for the party of the president to gain seats during midterm elections - they usually lose them. With a Republican Congress and a Republican President, compromise and obstruction are the only two options available.
In an extended victory lap, the president hailed the latest economic numbers as his own victory, and he asserted that Republicans were more unified than ever, saying that Ryan had called him days earlier and said as much. They are fighting a Republican Party unwilling to grant the same rights to some American citizens as it does to others, exclusively because their parents entered the country illegally.
As a further sign of the party's disunity, there were nearly half a dozen "responses" to Trump, from Socialist Bernie Sanders, a member of the "Working Families Party", a Spanish-language response from a Virginia House of Delegates member, and a Hollywood "people's response".