Dems pull out of meet after Trump attack

Posted November 29, 2017

A senior Democratic aide familiar with planning for the meeting said that Democrats will maintain influence over negotiations in the coming weeks.

No deal was ever struck.

Trump was joined by top Republican leaders from Congress at the White House. I think. We'll see.

The Democrats responded in a joint statement that rather than going to the White House for a "show meeting", they will continue to negotiate with Republican Congressional leaders to avert a government shutdown.

"Meeting with "Chuck and Nancy" today about keeping government open and working", the tweet read. Congress has not lifted a finger to re-authoriize it. States are beginning to notify parents their children are about to lose coverage.

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President Trump wants everyone to know that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer didn't show up to the White House.

It was hoped the White House meeting might lay a foundation to keep the government running and set a path for a year-end spending package to give both the Pentagon and domestic agencies relief from a budget freeze.

Congress's current budget agreement funds the government only through December 8.

The Democratic leaders said they "don't have any time to waste". "There is a meeting at the White House this afternoon, and if Democrats want to reach an agreement, they will be there".

"Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes", Trump said.

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Now, the immediate question is whether negotiations can get back on track.

A day of political drama underscored the intense year-end maneuvering as Trump and Republicans chase long-awaited political victories after a tumultuous 10 months since his inauguration and Democrats seek to leverage their own top issues. If a new budget and spending plan is not passed by then, the government will shut down. Republicans and Democrats are also at odds over defense spending levels.

There's also increased urgency to find money for the children's health program that serves more than 8 million low-income children. Additionally, since Republicans only hold 52 seats in the Senate, any bill they advance could be filibustered by Democrats.

Schumer and Pelosi were swift to jump on Trump's tweet in their response.

Democrats have demanded that a funding deal include language to protect young undocumented immigrants known as "Dreamers" who are threatened with deportation next year because of Trump's decision to end an Obama-era program, reported the Hill.

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