The House is set to vote today on a short-term funding bill to keep the government open for another two weeks and prevent a shutdown.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said he’s confident Republicans have the votes to pass a continuing resolution to fund government agencies until Dec. 22, buying lawmakers more time to send a tax bill to the White House and work on a longer-term budget deal.
Republicans and Democrats are pretty far apart at the moment on budget talks, though House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are scheduled to meet with Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and President Trump at the White House later today to begin negotiations.
Democrats want the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects young undocumented immigrants to be addressed, while the Trump administration is prioritizing military funding and the border wall in the longer-term spending package.
Yesterday, Trump said a government shutdown could happen if Democrats don’t cooperate. “The Democrats are really looking at something that is very dangerous for our country,” Trump said. “They are looking at shutting down…They want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country.”
Schumer said in a floor speech earlier today that congressional negotiators could make headway on a budget deal if Trump would tone down his rhetoric.
“If a shutdown happens, as the president seemed to be rooting for in a tweet earlier this year, it will fall on his shoulders,” Schumer said. “His party controls the Senate, the House and the presidency.”