Schumer, Pelosi Will Meet With Trump To Negotiate Government Funding One Day Before Shutdown

After last week's snub, when Nanci Pelosi and Chuck Schumer pulled out of a meeting scheduled with Trump when the president tweeted that he was sitting down with "Chuck and Nancy" but that he didn't "see a deal", it appears that there has been no bad blood between the president and the top Democrats, because on Monday afternoon Chuck and Nancy said they would head to the White House on Thursday for end-of-the-year negotiations and avoiding a government shutdown this week. 

“We’re glad the White House has reached out and asked for a second meeting. We hope the President will go into this meeting with an open mind, rather than deciding that an agreement can’t be reached beforehand," the two Democratic leaders said in a joint statement. They added that they "are hopeful the President will be open to an agreement to address the urgent needs of the American people and keep government open.”

In addition to the Democrats, top Republicans Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, who attended last week's meeting with Trump alone, are expected to be at Thursday's powwow.

The meeting is scheduled for one day before the Dec. 8 deadline to fund the government, which means that any potential complications could result in an abrupt - if temporary - government shutdown.

As reported previously, House GOP leadership is pushing forward with a plan to pass a two-week short-term spending bill as soon as Wednesday, the same as Senate GOP leadership which is also backing the two-week stopgap strategy. 

Democrats have yet to take a position on passing a two-week "clean" continuing resolution. Since their votes will be needed to avoid a shutdown, Democrats will hold the leverage: in addition to a short-term deal, Schumer and Pelosi noted they also need to reach a budget agreement, as well as fund the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), pass more disaster relief aid and address a key Obama-era immigration program.

As part of their demands, the duo said that the funding deal must boost spending for military and domestic priorities equally, and also calls for bipartisan agreement on Dreamers along with border security measures.

This may be a problem, and another problem will the Freedom Caucus which as Politico's Jake Sherman reports, is getting itchy and "holding meeting before votes tonight as they opposed to gop leadership govt funding strategy."


jcaz hedgeless_horseman Mon, 12/04/2017 - 16:30 Permalink

Yep- I have ZERO problem with that, actually- oh the horror......I'm more concerned about my bet on who cries first- Chuck or Nancy- my money is on Cryin' Chuck.........Typical Leftist sabotage- they're gonna roll into Trump's office the DAY BEFORE it's due and think that they can strong-arm him?  Kick both their asses out, tell them to make a two-week-in-advance appointment like everyone else.......

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WillyGroper Mon, 12/04/2017 - 13:37 Permalink

the 2 will meet to negotiate their exit from their pedo entanglement. let their "hunger games" begin...hunger for peace & the freedom of exposure.scum sucking maggots.

Anteater Mon, 12/04/2017 - 13:52 Permalink

Living under Trump is like being forced to watch 20 excruciatingminutes of Olaf and His Czar Ice Princesses, when you werepromised back in November a full 2 hours of Coco: "I will build a Wall, and Mexico will pay for it!"  (Yeah, Coco!)"I will build portions of the Wall under IDIQNB,and US taxpayers will pay for it, while we deportall the low-cost service workers that make yourlife comfortable, then fly in 1,000,000s of Hindus!"(Oh, for Olaf's Sake!) "You will have the best healthcare...the best! And it will be so cheap, and so easy!" (Yeah, Coco!)"You will have the 26th worst healthcare, at threetimes the cost of any 1W nation, if you can afford it,while we happily bankrupt your elders and children!" (Oh, for Olaf's Sake!) "I will announce a $T infrastructure program to MAGA!" (Yeah, Coco!)"I will push the Pentagon MIC over $1T and grow Mil.Govfrom $3.4T to $4.0T in a single year, while we incur anadditional $1T in deficits for tax cuts to The Ubers!" (Oh, for Olaf's Sake!)   

Consuelo Mon, 12/04/2017 - 14:03 Permalink

   "They added that they "are hopeful the President will be open to an agreement to address the urgent needs of the American people and keep government open.” Turn that government $spigot WOT and bring on the default, because only a crash & burn scenario where the State apparatus is forced to shrink for lack of funds, will ever turn this ship around.  

Give Me Some Truth Consuelo Mon, 12/04/2017 - 15:24 Permalink

Can will be kicked. Printing press will be protected.Swamp will not be drained. Powers that Be will remain in power. Establishment will remain established. The status of our nation and our nation's goverment will remain status quo. Absolute power will continue to corrupt absolutely. The "watchdog press" will not function as a "watchdog" of those with real power.Rinse and lather will be repeated. The only constant is that the constant will not change.

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Bobportlandor Mon, 12/04/2017 - 14:05 Permalink

Daily CallerFormer Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday on number of charges including tax fraud and tax crimes. MAGA