The cancellation gave Trump a photo op, flanked by empty chairs meant for Schumer, the Senate minority leader, and Pelosi, the House minority leader. "We hope the President will go into this meeting with an open mind, rather than deciding that an agreement can't be reached beforehand", Schumer and Pelosi said in a statement Monday afternoon. At a news conference last Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that if Democrats vote against the temporary spending bill because they have not won their demands, "then they will have chosen to shut the government down".
A partial government shutdown looms after Friday unless Congress passes a two-week spending bill that House Republicans introduced over the weekend.
Conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus asked House Republican leaders to extend the duration of the stopgap measure through December 30 in exchange for their votes for the House to go to conference with the Senate on tax legislation, which moved Congress closer to a final bill for a major tax overhaul.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that a shutdown over the issue is "ridiculous" because protections for Dreamers don't expire until March. "There is a bipartisan path forward on all of these items". But they will need some Democratic support to get the spending bill past Senate procedural hurdles that require 60 votes, since there are only 52 Republicans in the 100-member chamber. A destructive shutdown could raise doubts in the minds of voters about GOP stewardship of Congress and steal positive attention from tax reform, which still has significant hurdles left before Republican leaders hope to send to the President by Christmas. That bill, aides say, likely would keep the government running through September 30, 2018.
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Ten Democrats joined in the vote to confirm Nielsen on December 5, with no Republicans voting against. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
"There's not going to be a government shutdown".
The top two Democrats in Congress agreed again Monday to an end-of-the-year meeting with President Donald Trump, a week after a tweet of his derailed their first attempt.
Democrats want to include a slew of legislative priorities in the funding bill, including codifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obamacare stabilization package, and long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program.
Republicans already are trying to exploit possible differences among Democrats over whether to link support for the stopgap spending bill to the immigration measure. "That's a very untenable position".
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