Trump, Democrats to meet to avert government shutdown

07 December, 2017, 07:27 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Pelosi fires back: 'Trump is the only person' talking about a shutdown

The Democrats backed out of a similar meeting last week after President Donald Trump criticized them on Twitter.

They were also discussing the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Mr. Trump has threatened to kill if it can't be improved on terms more favorable to the U.S.

Trump also referenced his bar on travel into the USA from six Muslim nations, saying, "We don't want to have radical Islamic terrorism in this country". It said money for the military including missile defense and security along the border with Mexico "must be prioritized in a long-term funding agreement".

"The Democrats are really looking at something that is very risky for our country". They want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime'. The written statement said Trump was glad the two top Democrats had chose 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's not been received well, especially since the House GOP has passed spending bills that have gone unnoticed by the Senate.

'So the Democrats maybe will want to shutdown the country cause they want people flowing into our country, and I want people coming into our country, but I want to vet those people, and I want to vet them very carefully, ' Trump said, 'because we don't want to have radical Islamic terrorism in this country, and we don't want to have crime in this country'.

The Oval Office sit-down will come after Pelosi of California and Schumer of NY pulled out of a planned meeting on November 28 after Trump tweeted, "I don't see a deal!"

Republicans have a majority in both the House and Senate.

"We've got to get across the finish line on tax reform", Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., leader of the House Freedom Caucus, told reporters after the group met privately early Wednesday. Asked if a federal shutdown would be a problem, he said, "Of course". He said Democrats are in an "untenable position" if they push the immigration issue to the point of a government shutdown.

The House Republican leadership agreed to consider the December 30 date and talk to the Senate leadership about it, a House Republican leadership aide said.

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.

Democrats haven't said how they will vote, but a Democratic aide said their vote would depend on wider budget talks making progress.

Top Republicans are adamant about not sparking a federal shutdown that would deal the latest blow to a party that has strained all year to show it can govern effectively.

Conservative leaders say they are concerned that GOP leaders may use the hoopla surrounding a final vote on the tax bill to obscure a separate vote on spending legislation that could include numerous Democratic priorities. Check back for more updates.

If that measure clears the House and Senate, as expected, major fights are in the offing over the next funding bill, which could fund the government until sometime in January. That widely popular program helps provide medical care to more than 8 million children.

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