Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Trump Meeting With Schumer, Pelosi Back On After Cancellation

Trump Meeting With Schumer, Pelosi Back On After Cancellation

The Oval Office sit-down will come after Democrats Pelosi, of California, and Schumer, of NY, pulled out of a November 28 meeting after Trump tweeted "I don't see a deal!"

House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, who canceled a meeting with Trump last week after he issued a disparaging note about them on Twitter, said Monday they hoped the president would remain open-minded about reaching a deal with Democrats.

Trump held the meeting anyway, sitting between two empty chairs with placards containing Pelosi's and Schumer's names.

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Schumer and Pelosi issued a joint statement Monday, saying they were glad the White House requested a second meeting. The deal now being discussed would be just a short-term fix.

The Republican bill will provide some short-term help for states that are running out of money to finance a health insurance program for lower-income children, Republican aides said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who both attended the meeting, are also expected at Thursday's.

Funding for the government expires on Friday and Republicans are planning to bring a two-week spending measure to the floor.

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"There's not going to be a government shutdown". "It's just not going to happen".

The stopgap spending measure would provide more time for negotiations between the two parties over raising strict spending caps that were imposed in 2011 as they try to work toward a long-term spending deal for the 2018 fiscal year, which began October 1. Some Republicans want a large boost in the defense cap, and Democrats are demanding an equal increase in nondefense spending. 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.

Republicans are likely to seek cuts in entitlement programs such as Medicaid and other "mandatory" spending like federal pensions.

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McConnell said Sunday that a CHIP extension and disaster aid would be addressed in a spending bill before December 22, but not immigration. "I don't think that Democrats would be very smart to say they want to shut down the government over a non-emergency that we can address anytime between now and March". "Given that the president doesn't see a deal between Democrats and the White House, we believe the best path forward is to continue negotiating with our Republican counterparts in Congress instead", they said.

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