Trump meeting with Schumer, Pelosi back on after Twitter row

Ceria Alfonso
Diciembre 7, 2017

Despite incendiary words from President Donald Trump, Congress seemed on track Wednesday to approving legislation that would avert a partial government shutdown over the weekend as all sides seemed ready to avert a confrontation - for now. That's from top lawmakers and the White House. Even the head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, whose members have been threatening to oppose the measure, predicted passage. "We want to have a great, beautiful, crime-free country".

GOP leaders hope to send Trump a final tax package before Christmas, and there's a growing consensus that they have a strong chance to succeed. They also have no interest in a shutdown that would raise questions about their ability to govern.

"The Senate needs two more weeks?" They know they'd still have leverage on subsequent bills needed to keep the government running.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were supposed to meet with Trump last week, but decided not to attend after a tweet in which the president said he didn't "see a deal" on multiple issues.

'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'. They want to have illegal immigrants, in many cases people that we don't want in our country ― they want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bring with them crime, tremendous amounts of drugs.

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!"

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Trump tweeted similar attacks on Democratic leaders shortly before a meeting that was scheduled last week, prompting angered Democrats to boycott it.

President Donald Trump would sign a stop-gap spending measure funding the government through December 22 that is being considered by the House of Representatives, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.

Later, the White House issued another statement indicating Trump would sign the two-week spending extension and laying out its goals for upcoming budget bargaining. "We have to provide funding for community health centers and CHIP, as well as relief for the millions of Americans still reeling from natural disasters".

Republicans are likely to seek cuts in entitlement programs such as Medicaid and other "mandatory" spending like federal pensions.

Senate Democrats have threatened to block the move unless they can win concessions from Republicans on a number of issues, notably the fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who came to the United States as children. Trump ended safeguards against deportation three months ago but has expressed an openness to restoring them. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said they are seeking to make it as hard as possible for Democrats to oppose spending bills that hike spending on the military but not on other domestic programs.

It will take bi-partisan support of 60 votes for spending bills to pass in Senate, where Republicans have 52 members. It's not been received well, especially since the House GOP has passed spending bills that have gone unnoticed by the Senate.

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