President trump will meet with congressional Democratic leadership next week, days ahead of a deadline to prevent a partial government shutdown.
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi are expected to meet with the President at the White House on Tuesday. The topic of the meeting isn’t set but will likely include how to meet a Dec. 7 deadline to fund key parts of the government, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), amid fight over the President U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Congress missed the Sept. 30 deadline, the end of the 2018 fiscal year, for seven of the 12 individual appropriations bills, kicking the fight until early December.
Trump met last month with both Senate and House GOP leadership to discuss the year-end agenda, including government funding.
Schumer, on the Senate floor, said Trump had two options that could get the votes needed to pass the Senate: Accept the $1.6 billion for the border included in the Senate’s DHS bill, or let Congress pass a stopgap continuing resolution for the department.
“If President Trump wants to throw a temper tantrum and shut down some departments and agencies over Christmas, that’s certainly within his power, but he has two more sensible options available to him. It would be a shame if the country suffered because of a Trump temper tantrum. It’s the president’s choice,” Schumer added.
Meghan Burris, a spokeswoman for the Office of Management and Budget, quickly fired back saying a potential lapse in funding would lead to a “Schumer shutdown” “Democrats would rather shut the government down and leave millions of Americans less secure than work with the Administration to solve this unchecked Immigrant crisis.