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Trump faces off with Democrats over potential government shutdown

Trump faces off with Democrats over potential government shutdown

"We want to have a great, beautiful, crime-free country".

The bill maintains current federal spending levels for two weeks, and includes a provision to ensure that states can continue to fund the popular Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which a year ago provided insurance coverage for almost nine million poor children across the country.

Democrats are also seeking an agreement to extend protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrived in the USA illegally as children.

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

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Abortion-rights group endorses Nadler in race to replace Conyers on Judiciary Trump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerAmerica isn't ready to let Sessions off his leash Schumer celebrates New York Giants firing head coach: "About time" GOP should reject the left's pessimism and the deficit trigger MORE (D-N.Y.) joined their Republican counterparts at the White House, one week after they pulled out of a meeting created to resolve the contentious year-end spending fight.

"President Trump is the only person talking about a government shutdown", she wrote.

Democrats want the fix to be included in legislation to keep the government open past Friday.

This week, the bigger issue for Republicans seeking to avoid a shutdown has been fellow Republicans.

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

"All things that have bipartisan support in the Congress", Ms. Pelosi said. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chairman of the Freedom Caucus. They plan to talk to leaders later Wednesday. Two aides familiar with the meeting but not authorized to discuss it publicly said the lawmakers discussed the legislative agenda for weeks ahead.

Republicans can pass such a measure in the House with only GOP votes because they require just a simple majority, but with approximately 40 conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus usually opposed to spending bills, House Democrats have been needed to pass such measures in recent years. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said they are seeking to make it as hard as possible for Democrats to oppose spending bills that hike spending on the military but not on other domestic programs.

While many Democrats seemed likely to oppose the short-term bill, enough were expected to support it in the Senate to allow its passage there.

Republican leaders have postponed a planned House vote on the temporary spending measure until Thursday. The House is set to vote on the short-term spending bill Thursday.

Meadows backed off that proposal Wednesday: "I don't know that the December 30 deadline is as much the issue now as it is about breaking this defense and nondefense wall".

The two-week spending measure is aimed at giving both parties' bargainers more time to reach longer-term budget decisions. Different versions of the tax bill have passed the House and Senate and now must be reconciled. Unlike the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and overhaul the tax code, Republicans need 60 votes in the Senate to pass government funding. "Any distraction from that is a problem".