Schumer, Trump meet at White House as government shutdown nears

  • Schumer, Trump meet at White House as government shutdown nears

Schumer, Trump meet at White House as government shutdown nears

McConnell and Ryan were aware that the White House was going to invite Schumer to the White House, one Republican source said.

Mr. Schumer has been deeply critical of Mr. Trump's role in negotiations to this point, calling him "impervious to compromise". Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the No. 2 Senate Democrat. Graham laid the blame for the impasse on Trump's flip-flop and his listening to bad advice from two people: White House aide Stephen Miller and freshman Sen.

Democrats and some Republicans are floating the idea of an even shorter timeframe for a spending bill in order to ratchet up pressure on lawmakers to negotiate.

The House passed a measure to continue funding the government through mid-February but Republican leaders in the Senate don't have the 60 votes they need to advance it through their chamber and avoid a shutdown. And it's because they put our men and women in the military and extension of the CHIP program in jeopardy for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), for something that's unrelated that does not have a deadline that's expiring this week. DACA provided protection to more than 750,000 people who were brought as undocumented immigrants to the United States as children, but President Donald Trump's administration has moved to end the protections starting in March.

Schumer, Trump meet at White House as government shutdown nears

"We can't keep kicking the can down the road", said Schumer, insisting on more urgency in talks on immigration.

Trump abruptly ended the DACA program, which protects qualified undocumented immigrants from deportation, on September 5. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in Los Angeles on January 3, 2018. But last week, he rejected a bipartisan Senate deal, saying it did not do enough to stop illegal immigration and close a visa lottery program. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had urged her caucus to vote against the bill.

With a shutdown looming, the president scrapped plans to travel to Florida to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.

Cotton then said that Democrats have told Schumer they want to vote for bipartisan funding of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for the next six years. Friday the White House announced that a pre-planned trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., which would include a fundraising dinner, was no longer certain as the chances of a government shut down rose.