Trump hopes to avoid government shutdown in meeting with lawmakers: White House

Take Two: Schumer, Pelosi Accept Trump's Invitation to Talk Budget

Pelosi, Schumer Say Trump Has Asked for New Meeting

The White House says President Donald Trump "looks forward" to meeting congressional leaders Thursday to address budget differences and avoid a partial government shutdown this weekend.

Without legislation, many agencies would run out of money after midnight Friday and grind to a close. That would give bargainers time to work through their disagreements, but they will need Democratic votes to succeed. Trump ended safeguards against deportation three months ago but has expressed an openness to restoring them.

But they said they had backed off pushing for a longer-term spending bill and were instead focused on setting up a more advantageous fight with Democrats shortly before Christmas.

'We don't want to have that. 'We want people to come into our country, but we want them to come on our basis'.

But Trump unexpectedly tossed a hand grenade into the mix when he told reporters that a shutdown "could happen" and blamed Democrats. She called Trump "the only person talking about a government shutdown" and said Democrats hoped Trump would consider "an agreement to address the urgent needs of the American people and keep government open".

The escalating rhetoric comes one day before Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerAmerica isn't ready to let Sessions off his leash Schumer celebrates New York Giants firing head coach: "About time" GOP should reject the left's pessimism and the deficit trigger MORE (D-N.Y.) are scheduled to meet with Trump to discuss year-end priorities. The statement by spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the two Democrats had made a decision to "put their responsibility to the American people above partisanship" and said Trump was anticipating productive talks between "leaders who put their differences aside".

It was unclear what Trump was referring to with his initial, more hostile remarks.

Trump had been supportive of a legislative solution to the immigrants' plight but says he wants to couple permission for them to stay with a total overhaul of the system. While Democrats have opposed that ban, the issue hasn't appeared to be part of the budget talks.

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"That would be very important to us", said Representative Mark Walker, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the largest grouping of conservatives in the House.

"We've got to get across the finish line on tax reform, any distraction from that is a problem, and so the general consensus of most of our members is we want to talk to leadership and make sure that we've got tax reform on the right track, and that may allow for greater flexibility on some of the spending issues". Asked if a federal shutdown would be a problem, he said, "Of course".

For Republicans, a shutdown would put a humiliating bookend on a year in which they've controlled the White House and Congress with little to show for it.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., meanwhile, made a trip across the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, meeting in McCarthy's office with several House members. But there are still sticking points among Republicans in the House and Democrats in the Senate, and time is running short.

The roughly 30-member caucus has been trying to win promises of tight budget curbs and other concessions from leaders in exchange for backing the short-term bill.

Their bid is likely to be rejected by Democrats, who make up a minority in Congress, and could further complicate behind-the-scenes negotiations by congressional leaders that have been going on for months aimed at figuring out government spending for the fiscal year that began on October 1.

House Republican leaders are hoping to make a show of strength this week by demonstrating they could pass an extension of funding till December 22 with Republican votes alone, but the Freedom Caucus's demands have complicated that effort.

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