The White House has shown no interest in extending the program, which it argues was created unlawfully by President Barack Obama. That leaves the matter with Congress, which could pass a law protecting Dreamers.
Some senators from both parties oppose a one-year extension.
"Why does anyone that think these issues are going to be easier a year from now?" asked Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who has been convening the bipartisan Common Sense Coalition in her office.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., was among those huddled Monday evening in the Senate considering the one-year delay. "It would only be a last, final unpalatable -- but unavoidable -- result to stop mass draconian deportation," he said.
Lawmakers were planning on working a short week as House Democrats leave Wednesday for their annual planning retreat, but the stalemate over the spending bill may force them to remain in session.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was not pleased.
"The reason Congress is facing a fifth stopgap budget bill is because the Republican majority is incompetent," Pelosi said. "Republicans control the House, the Senate and the White House but they have to rely on five stopgap spending bills in a row to keep government running? Republicans must stop governing from manufactured crisis to crisis, and work with Democrats to pass the many urgent, long overdue priorities of the American people."
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