Democrats to join Trump, Republicans in talks to avert government shutdown

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Whatever the length of the initial short-term spending measure, it seems likely that a second temporary bill stretching into January would also be needed for a final pact addressing spending, hurricane aid and perhaps immigration. And I must say I don't believe my Republican friends. want a government shutdown.

Republican House conservatives and defense hawks are pushing for a separate bill to address defense spending because it would allow them to circumvent having to make a deal with Democrats on raising spending caps.

The Senate approved its near $1.5 trillion tax legislation before dawn Saturday, while the House passed a similar measure in November.

Democrats hope to use their leverage in the year-end budget battle to win concessions on spending, immigration and other issues.

Trump had been scheduled to meet Schumer and Pelosi last week but they skipped the talks after the president tweeted preemptively that he did not expect them to come to an agreement. They have yet to say what they will do.

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Schumer and Pelosi on Monday listed that program among their priorities, which also included the opioid crisis, pension plans, rural infrastructure and protection for young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children, known as "Dreamers".

Earlier Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., declined to describe the status of internal GOP budget talks after House Republicans met privately to discuss their next steps.

Senate Republicans and Democrats today voiced their support for a brief extension to a stopgap continuing resolution that would prevent a federal government shutdown Friday.

"We're having a conversation with our members about what we think the best way forward is", he told reporters.

Asked if he would consider a CR that stretches to December 30 as some House Freedom Caucus members have proposed, McConnell said, "I don't think that's the best way to go forward".

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McConnell said Sunday that a CHIP extension and disaster aid would be addressed in a spending bill before December 22, but not immigration.

Many Republicans want to see the cap on defense spending raised. "We hope that Speaker Ryan and Leader McConnell won't be led around by the Freedom Caucus - that's a formula for disaster".

"It's always the load-up-the-Christmas-tree play, go get Democrat votes, bust the budget caps", Brat said of past spending showdowns when Democratic votes were needed. That widely popular program helps provide medical care to more than 8 million children.

President Donald Trump and congressional leaders have scheduled a summit to begin sorting out their budget differences, top lawmakers and the White House said Monday, as a clash that could produce a partial government shutdown by the weekend hung in the balance. "We'll pass it before the end of the week", McConnell said Monday.

Because a two-year budget deal is expiring, the defense spending cap is due to drop in 2018 to $549 billion from this year's $551 billion, while non-defense spending is to fall to $516 billion from $519 billion.

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Although the rumor doesn't seem too far-fetched, Pence's press secretary Alyssa Farah emphatically denies that a coup was ever in the works.

In addition, some from both parties want to restore billions in federal payments to health insurers that Trump halted last autumn.

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