Trump says shutdown is still possible, blames Democrats and immigration


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.

Precisely how to reauthorize the CHIP program is only one of a number of issues that have yet to be resolved by congressional leaders, who met Thursday afternoon with President Donald Trump to begin talks on the longer-term bill, known as a continuing resolution. "Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes", Trump wrote on November 28.

Meadows said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., told him Republicans have the votes they'll need to approve the short-term spending measure Thursday.

Republican leaders have postponed a planned House vote on the temporary spending measure until Thursday.

"We're hopeful that in the next few hours we'll be able to figure out a strategy where we don't have to rely on any Democrats to make this work, and I think that's what we're all about", said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), the chairman of the Freedom Caucus. Pelosi and Schumer did not attend a previously scheduled meeting with Trump last week after he said on Twitter that he did not expect to reach a deal with the Democratic leaders.

Congressional Republicans said they will negotiate with Democrats on the status of young migrants in the new year, but the issue should not get tied up with consideration of a new spending plan.

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Her statement suggested Republicans would have to find the votes they need to pass the bill among their own members.

Despite incendiary words from President Trump, Congress seemed on track Wednesday to approving legislation that would avert a partial government shutdown over the weekend as all sides seemed ready to avert a confrontation - for now. But the measure is expected to pass the House and move to the Senate. "It's a well-knit together group of people", Trump said.

This time, the White House smoothed the waters by following up with a more peaceable, written statement.

Top Republicans are adamant about not sparking a federal shutdown that would deal the latest blow to a party that has strained all year to show it can govern effectively.

The legislation will include some short-term help for states running out of money to finance a health insurance program for lower-income children. CHIP, which has nearly always been a bipartisan priority, expired over two months ago, but Congressional Republicans continued to play games with this vital program that helps the most vulnerable children in our society ... That separate bill would provide a full year of military funding and raise spending caps enacted under the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Republicans generally favor more money for defense programs, while Democrats often demand equal increases for domestic social programs. Trump ended safeguards against deportation three months ago but has expressed an openness to restoring them.