Schumer, Trump meet at White House as government shutdown looms

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney listens to a question during a press briefing at the White House Saturday Jan. 20 201

President Trump is now scheduled to leave Washington for Mar-a-Lago for the weekend on Friday, but a White House official said in the morning that the president "will not be going to Florida until the CR passes". "That is not a good subject for them, the tax cuts", Trump said. Mr. Trump, however, wants to trade such legislation for funding of his promised wall on the USA border with Mexico.

"We've done our job", said Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the House majority leader, referring to a continuing resolution to fund the government through February 16 that passed in the House, The Post reported.

Republicans are targeting the Senate Democrats, saying their unwillingness to compromise on immigration is the core problem preventing an agreement from happening. What has been shoehorned into this discussion is an insistence that we deal with an illegal immigration issue. They will see which Senators make the patriotic decision, stand up for the American people, and vote to continue government funding and extend children's health insurance while we continue our bipartisan talks.

Trump is "resolute, decisive and engaged" in the face of a potential shutdown, the official said.

But Democrats had help from a handful of Senate Republicans, such as Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee, who defected from majority leader Mitch McConnell and said they would refuse to back another in a series of short-term spending deals to keep government running, called a "continuing resolution". The House had planned to recess later on Friday for a weeklong break but members were warned they could be called back for votes.

However, hundreds of thousands of federal workers would face furloughs, and national parks and museums would close to the public starting early next week.

In the event the funding dries up, federal employees for agencies considered non-essential will be ordered to stay home until a budget deal is struck, at which point they are paid retroactively. The government is now operating on its third temporary funding measure since the new fiscal year began in October. Trump has ordered the Obama-era DACA program, which protects immigrants brought to the USA illegally when they were children, to expire on March 5. ABC News found that in 1995, by a 2-to-1 margin, the country blamed congressional Republicans more than Clinton.

In September, Trump announced he was ending the program and giving Congress until March 5 to come up with a legislative replacement.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: "We should be like Canada" in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: "Sheet metal and garbage" everywhere in Haiti MORE's comments about the 2013 government shutdown during the Obama administration have resurfaced as the federal government races toward a shutdown of its own.

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney speaks during a press briefing at the White House Saturday Jan. 20 2018 in Washingto
Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney speaks during a press briefing at the White House Saturday Jan. 20 2018 in Washingto

A competing bipartisan bill offered by Democratic and Republican Senators that does include an extension of DACA also now falls short of the 60 votes needed for cloture, and has been rejected by the President. Trump tweeted that the meeting was "excellent", but by Friday evening, negotiations had appeared to have broken down entirely in the Senate. But an actual shutdown has not happened since 2013, when Democratic President Barack Obama faced off with GOP lawmakers.

"We do not support perpetuating the current budgetary dysfunction that is hurting our country and our Commonwealth", Kaine and Warner said in a joint statement.

"The President supports the continuing resolution introduced in the House", Shah said.

McConnell was not at the meeting, a source said, adding that he and Trump have been in touch during the day by telephone. "We need to get his resolved, we need to get to agreement". "It doesn't really involve government funding", he told Fox News Channel. "We'll reach a deal that fully funds our military & the opioid fight, CHIP, vets, pensions, disaster aid & protects Dreamers". About a third, 31%, say they would hold the Democrats in Congress responsible, and another 10% say they'd blame all three groups.

Still, McConnell was drawing up contingency plans to keep the Senate in session through the weekend if Senate Democrats block a short-term spending bill before the Friday deadline, according to two GOP aides.

And then on Thursday, Trump sent Republican lawmakers scurrying when he tweeted that "CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension" - which is the proposal Republicans put on the table to curry Democratic support.

WASHINGTON | A bitterly divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.

Amid the deadlock, more senators were raising the possibility of merely approving enough new federal funds for a few days.

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