Congress seems on track to avert weekend government shutdown

Trump, Democrats to meet to avert government shutdown

Democrats to join Trump, Republicans in talks to avert government shutdown

"The Democrats are really looking at something that is very unsafe for our 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, bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime". We don't want to have that. Voters don't want a shutdown, but we're coming perilously close to one.

The Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress are scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday.

Trump tweeted similar attacks on Democratic leaders shortly before a meeting that was scheduled last week, prompting angered Democrats to boycott it. They want voters riveted on the party's almost $1.5 trillion tax bill, the paramount priority for them and Trump.

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!" 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".

This week, the bigger issue for Republicans seeking to avoid a shutdown has been fellow Republicans.

The moderated tone reflected a sense within both parties that though major differences remain over spending, immigration, health care and other issues, this was no time for a headline-grabbing government closure.

"We're hopeful that in the next few hours we'll be able to figure out a strategy where we don't have to rely on any Democrats to make this work, and I think that's what we're all about", said Rep.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., meanwhile, made a trip across the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, meeting in McCarthy's office with several House members.

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In reality, the conference will involve tough negotiations over differences in the two versions of the tax bill that can be approved by both chambers.

Hosting a group of Republican senators at the White House, President Trump said Tuesday that he and the GOP lawmakers are "all on the same page" as Congress races to complete tax-cut legislation before Christmas. Conservatives are asking for a commitment leadership does not believe it can give them: a promise to "hold the line" and refuse Senate Democrats' demands for increased spending on non-defense programs.

Democrats have opposed his plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico, but have expressed a willingness to fund other border security measures.

Trump says, "everyone gets together and they pick all the good things and get rid of the things they don't like". Without support from many of them, Republicans would need votes from Democrats to push the temporary spending measure through the House, and Democrats have not said what they will do.

The bill will give Republicans and Democrats time to debate a larger funding package.

Republican leaders have delayed a House vote planned for Wednesday on a short-term budget bill to buy more time to quell GOP divisions over spending and avert a government shutdown over the weekend.

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.

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