Trump, Democrats face off over potential government shutdown

Trump, Democrats face off over potential government shutdown

Trump, Democrats face off over potential government shutdown

Pelosi said Democrats have no interest in a government shutdown, but they can't support the GOP's continuing resolution because it omits a long list of provisions the Democrats consider must-pass this year, including protections for so-called Dreamers and funding for the opioid crisis, hurricane and wildfire relief, veterans issues and pension protections ...

Plans for a meeting between the president and leading Democrats scheduled last week fell apart after Trump tweeted, "I don't see a deal", hours beforehand.

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"Democrats are hopeful the president will be open to an agreement to address the urgent needs of the American people and keep government open", she wrote. "Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes", Trump wrote on November 28.

The House Democrats' gradual retreat will likely be matched by Senate Democrats, likely postponing a debate over migration and amnesty into January or February when GOP leaders push Sen.

"I feel good where we are", House Speaker Paul Ryan said of the vote count Thursday morning.

Meadows said his group had not taken a final position on whether it will back the short-term bill, but he and several other conservatives stopped short of saying they would oppose it. Two aides familiar with the meeting but not authorized to discuss it publicly said the lawmakers discussed the legislative agenda for weeks ahead.

The hard-right House Freedom Caucus is showing an openness to a deal that would prevent a partial government shutdown this weekend.

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"They know that Republicans want to fund the military, Democrats know that", Meadows said.

Meadows and fellow Freedom Caucus leader Rep.

Democrats made clear their unhappiness.

While many Democrats seemed likely to oppose the short-term bill, enough were expected to support it in the Senate to allow its passage there.

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.

Current federal spending is set to run out this weekend, and lawmakers are discussing an extension that would keep government agencies open until at least December 22. Even the head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, whose members have been threatening to oppose the measure, predicted passage. Different versions of the tax bill have passed the House and Senate and now must be reconciled. They want the public to focus instead on the GOP's prized $1.5 trillion tax bill, which party leaders hope to send Trump by Christmas. "Any distraction from that is a problem".

But Trump unexpectedly tossed a hand grenade into the mix when he told reporters that a shutdown "could happen" and blamed Democrats.

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