Monday, 11 December, 2017

Dems pull out of meet after Trump attack

Trump returning to White House on Sunday Camille Fine
Lillian Steele | 29 November, 2017, 01:10

President Trump was planning to meet with Democratic leaders Tuesday to discuss a deal to prevent a government shutdown next month.

President Trump makes a statement from the Roosevelt Room next to the empty chairs of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., after they cancelled their meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C., on November 28, 2017.

President Trump, center left, last met with top congressional leaders in the Oval Office on September 6, 2017. I think. We'll see.

"We don't have any time to waste in addressing the issues that confront us, so we're going to continue to negotiate with Republican leaders who may be interested in reaching a bipartisan agreement", they added.

Trump met at the White House with Ryan and McConnell, where he was upbeat about the prospects for the tax bill.

But in his early morning Twitter attack, Trump upended the negotiations and signaled that he'll adopt a hard line.

Schumer and Pelosi skipped the meeting because they argued that it was pointless after Trump wrote in a tweet that they wanted to see high taxes, immigrants pouring into the country and were weak on crime. "There is a meeting at the White House this afternoon, and if Democrats want to reach an agreement, they will be there". "I don't see a deal!"

It was hoped the White House meeting might lay a foundation to keep the government running and set a path for a year-end spending package to give both the Pentagon and domestic agencies relief from a budget freeze.

Republican opposition to the Affordable Care Act in 2013 led to a government shutdown that the public widely blamed on the GOP.

The current funding bill, brokered in a surprise deal between Trump and Democrats in September that caught Republicans off-guard, expires on December 8.

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said Monday that the West Wing is "anxious to find a path forward on budget caps" that would pave the way for a long-term government spending bill. The program expired on October 1, and states are continuing to use unspent funds.

Previewing the meeting on Monday, Schumer cited spending levels, immigration policy and the need to renew programs such as the Children's Health Insurance Program as top priorities in the closing days of the year.

Democrats have demanded that a funding deal include language to protect young undocumented immigrants known as "Dreamers" who are threatened with deportation next year because of Trump's decision to end an Obama-era program, reported the Hill.

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