Pelosi, Schumer Say Trump Has Asked for New Meeting

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2017

Passing a temporary budget before then would keep all areas of the government operating. Without funding, employees are put on furlough, national monuments, parks and attractions must close, and everyday federal workers with families ultimately pay the price for partisan politics.

This time, the White House smoothed the waters by following up with a more peaceable, written statement. Putting people's lives on the line for partisan gains is not why lawmakers are elected to Congress.

The Republican-controlled House is expected to vote on Thursday on a bill that would keep the government open at current spending levels through December 22 while lawmakers negotiate a longer-term solution.

Various mainstream media reported that President Donald Trump strained relations between Democrats and Republicans with a comment he made about the illegal immigration program during a Cabinet meeting. Pelosi said on Twitter that Trump "now knows that his verbal abuse will no longer be tolerated".

"The Democrats are really looking at something that is very unsafe for our country", Trump told reporters at the White House. He says they are "looking at something that is risky for our country". He blamed Democrats, saying they want "illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime". We want to have a great, beautiful, crime-free country. "We want to have a great, handsome crime-free country".

Some Democrats have called for a legislative fix for those previously covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program before Trump cancelled it earlier this year. By the very definition of the program, DACA recipients can not be criminals, so Trump's remarks make little sense. While Democrats have opposed that ban, the issue hasn't appeared to be part of the budget talks.

"It could happen. The Democrats are really looking at something that is very risky for our country", he said Wednesday ahead of a Cabinet meeting, according to a White House pool report.

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. And those on the left have demanded "parity"- namely, equivalent increases for defense and non-defense priories in other agencies - in order to win their votes.

The White House meeting is scheduled for Thursday and comes just one day ahead of the deadline for Congress to vote funding to keep the government functioning.

If Paul Ryan is unable to convince the far-right portion of his own party to vote with the rest of Republicans, they'll be "forced" to work in a bipartisan manner with Democrats to come to an agreement. They say the shorter version would tempt Republicans to cut a deal with Democrats so Congress could go home for Christmas.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi countered in a tweet: "President Trump is the only person talking about a government shutdown".

As a condition of backing a new spending measure, Democrats have demanded legislative protections for the almost 700,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States. The written statement said Trump was glad the two top 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".

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