Trump faces off with Democrats over potential government shutdown


The bill is created to keep agencies open until later in December while bargainers address disputes over spending levels and other issues like immigration that have become part of Congress' year-end work.

Congressional leaders hope to use the two weeks afforded by the stopgap spending bill to work out an overall deal and attach it to another short-term spending bill that would be needed by December 22 to continue federal spending into January.

The caucus has wanted the spending bill to run an additional week.

He added, "They want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime". They are looking to protect the Dreamers, who fall under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That would give bargainers time to work through their disagreements, but they will need Democratic votes to succeed. Trump ended safeguards against deportation three months ago but has expressed an openness to restoring them. 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". With a government shutdown deadline looming over the nation this week, mainstream news outlets have devoted little to no time to addressing the consequences of the Republican-dominated government's failure to act.

"We don't want to have that".

"We don't want to have radical Islamic terrorism in this country", Trump said in the AP report. "Democrats are hopeful the President will be open to an agreement to address the urgent needs of the American people and keep government open".

Last week, an unexpected attack by Trump on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., prompted the two Democrats to skip a bargaining session that was planned then.

Trump also referenced his bar on travel into the USA from six Muslim nations, saying, "We don't want to have radical Islamic terrorism in this country".

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.

Party leaders had planned a Wednesday vote on the measure. While Democrats have opposed that ban, the issue hasn't appeared to be part of the budget talks.

Later, he and conservative leader Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, met with top House Republicans and said they were seeking a strategy to reduce Democrats' budget leverage by quickly approving a full-year budget for the military.

If that measure clears the House and Senate, as expected, major fights are in the offing over the next funding bill, which could fund the government until sometime in January.

That widely popular program helps provide medical care to more than 8 million children.

Mark Meadows and several others in the roughly 30-member group aren't ruling out backing a leadership-backed spending measure that would expire December 22.

House and Senate Republicans are proposing a two-week stopgap spending bill.

Republicans control the Senate 52-48 and will need at least eight Democratic votes for passage.