Trump, Democrats face off over potential government shutdown

08 December 2017, 01:44 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan speaks during his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Joshua Roberts Reuters


Trump repealed DACA in September, ending the program that protects young immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as children from deportation. 'They want to have illegal immigrants, in many cases people that we don't want in our country.

President Trump is having lunch with Senate Republicans at the White House.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that the leadership was "receiving an update on our military by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis".

Republicans already are trying to exploit possible differences among Democrats over whether to link support for the stopgap spending bill to the immigration measure. With a Friday deadline looming when most funding for federal agencies runs out, Democrats finally have some clout.

U.S. President Donald Trump will face off with Democratic leaders of Congress on Thursday in a high-stakes White House meeting meant to bridge differences over a spending bill and preventing a government shutdown. For Trump, the complex, and very public, battle over the shutdown will also be a demonstration of his ability to deliver on a central 2016 campaign promise of adding billions of dollars to the USA military budget. But Schumer and Pelosi said earlier this week they would attend the new talks alongside their Republican counterparts. Just last week, he wrote on Twitter about the spending bills: "I don't see a deal".

House Speaker Paul Ryan is suggesting that House Republicans have enough votes to fund the federal government through December 22, even if all Democrats vote against the measure.

Perhaps the strangest reason to believe that a shutdown could be imminent is that Trump seems to think that a shutdown would be good for him politically, and that the blame would fall on Democrats.

Trump and Congress are facing a deadline of Friday at midnight to pass fresh spending legislation.

"This bill - one without any controversial policy riders - will continue government funding and give the House and Senate time to complete their work on a long-term solution", McConnell said in the statement.

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His remarks before a Cabinet meeting drew a tweet from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

A partial government shutdown would leave "essential" services operating, but could disrupt programs ranging from the operation of national parks to educational programs and scientific research.

"I feel good where we are", Ryan said Thursday of the government funding vote.

Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina says his group will likely provide leaders with the needed votes.

Meadows said his group had not taken a final position on whether it will back the short-term bill, but he and several other conservatives stopped short of saying they would oppose it.

Democrats have a rare chance to win major concessions in a US Congress they do not control by taking advantage of a battle within the Republican Party over keeping the government open. Chuck Schumer, Senate minority leader, and Nancy Pelosi, House minority leader, are calculating that voters' wrath would rain down on Republicans if the government lights go out.

Republicans want to secure funding for President Donald Trump's promised border wall and increase the defense spending caps. The US government shut down for the first time in 17 years on October 1 after lawmakers failed to reach a budget deal by the end of the fiscal year.

Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle will meet with Trump on Thursday to hash out funding issues.

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