Pelosi fires back: 'Trump is the only person' talking about a shutdown

Pelosi fires back: 'Trump is the only person' talking about a shutdown

Pelosi fires back: 'Trump is the only person' talking about a shutdown

"The Democrats are really looking at something that is very risky for our country", Trump told reporters at the White House.

"That would be very important to us", said Representative Mark Walker, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the largest grouping of conservatives in the House.

"They want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime", Trump continued. But the measure is expected to pass the House and move to the Senate.

The Republican-controlled House is expected to vote on Thursday on a bill that would keep the government open at current spending levels through December 22 while lawmakers negotiate a longer-term solution.

Various mainstream media reported that President Donald Trump strained relations between Democrats and Republicans with a comment he made about the illegal immigration program during a Cabinet meeting. They know they'd still have leverage on subsequent bills needed to keep the government running.

Conservative House Republicans said their real focus was on what would happen next.

Trump tweeted similar attacks on Democratic leaders shortly before a meeting that was scheduled last week, prompting angered Democrats to boycott it.

"We´re glad the White House has reached out and asked for a second meeting", Schumer and Pelosi said. The written statement said Trump was glad the two top Democrats had made a decision to "put their responsibility to the American people above partisanship" and said Trump was anticipating productive talks between "leaders who put their differences aside".

But Republicans have said they will not include a fix for DACA in the spending bill, arguing the issue should be handled separately.

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In reality, the conference will involve tough negotiations over differences in the two versions of the tax bill that can be approved by both chambers.

"We have to provide funding for community health centres and (the Children´s Health Insurance Program), as well as relief for the millions of Americans still reeling from natural disasters", they added. Some Republicans want a large boost in the defense cap, and Democrats are demanding an equal increase in non-defense spending.

Democrats are also seeking an agreement to extend protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrived in the US illegally as children.

Meadows said the Freedom Caucus had not taken a final position on whether it will back the short-term bill, but he and several others stopped short of saying they'd oppose it.

Democrats haven't said how they will vote, but a Democratic aide said their vote would depend on wider budget talks making progress.

The roughly 30-member caucus has been trying to win promises from leaders of spending curbs and quick passage of a full-year defense budget in exchange for backing the short-term bill.

The drama comes as House and Senate negotiators are seeking to finalize a Republican tax overhaul that would represent a crowning legislative achievement for the GOP in a year otherwise devoid of them.

AP reporter Ken Thomas contributed.

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