Pelosi: Trump is only one talking about shutdown

Pelosi: Trump is only one talking about shutdown

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

Republicans generally favor more money for defense programs, while Democrats often demand equal increases for domestic social programs. Those are the roughly 700,000 immigrants in the country illegally who were brought to the U.S.as children. Trump ended safeguards against deportation three months ago, but Democrats are demanding their revival and Trump has expressed openness to restoring them. "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. "We don't want to have that". And we hope that we're going to make some great progress for our country.

Last week, an unexpected attack by Trump on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., prompted the two Democrats to skip a bargaining session that was planned then. She called Trump "the only person talking about a government shutdown".

"Democrats are hopeful the president will be open to an agreement to address the urgent needs of the American people and keep government open", she wrote.

It was unclear what Trump was referring to.

Speaking Wednesday before a Cabinet meeting, Trump blamed Democrats for opposing his border security and hardline immigration plans.

The leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, whose members had been threatening to withhold needed support, also made clear that the bill would be approved. Freedom Caucus members will likely give leaders whatever support they need to pass the legislation, Meadows said. Asked if a federal shutdown would be a problem, he said, "Of course".

Some conservative Republicans may oppose the spending bill on the grounds that the time period is too short and forces more crucial decision-making right before the holidays.

The spending bill will now move to the Senate, where lawmakers said it could be passed as early as Thursday evening, and sent to the president's desk for signature.

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.

For Republicans, a shutdown would put a humiliating bookend on a year in which they've controlled the White House and Congress with little to show for it.

The Democratic surrender was exposed in the Democratic leaders' explanation for why they want their members to vote against the GOP short-term budget extension, dubbed the "CR" for "Continuing Resolution".

Knowing that, Democrats are using their leverage to try forcing concessions to boost domestic spending in areas like health care and infrastructure.

Pelosi said Democrats were seeking funding for fighting opioid addiction, veterans, the children's health program, community health centers, disaster funding and a solution for young undocumented immigrants to the United States.

The measure also makes money available to several states that are running out of funds for the Children's Health Insurance Program, a widely popular program that provides medical care to more than 8 million 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 ...

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