Congress Seems Set to Avert Weekend Government Shutdown

Trump, Democrats to meet to avert government shutdown

After a monthslong detente during which they worked alongside House leaders to advance Republican health care and tax bills, the hard-liners in the Freedom Caucus have reasserted their presence this week as Friday's shutdown deadline looms.

A federal budget stalemate is being blamed on the "Dreamers" program, a flurry of media outlets reported Wednesday.

President Donald Trump warned Wednesday that a government shutdown was possible this weekend because Democrats were demanding to have "illegal immigrants pouring into our country", tossing incendiary rhetoric onto a partisan showdown that had been showing signs of easing. The Republican president said on Wednesday that Democrats were looking at something "very dangerous" for the United States: "They are looking at shutting down".

We don't want to have that.

With many on both sides deciding a headline-grabbing federal closure would be a political blunder - at least for now - the House planned to approve legislation Thursday financing federal agencies through December 22. Passing a temporary budget before then would keep all areas of the government operating. Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRight scrambles GOP budget strategy Mark Mellman: History's judgment Conservative lawmakers met to discuss GOP chairman's ouster MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMoore gets boost from Bannon in final days of campaign Bannon rips Romney for Moore criticism: "He's still bitter" Right scrambles GOP budget strategy MORE (R-K.Y.) are also slated to attend.

Some media called Trump's statement a misrepresentation of what Democrats want.

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Democrats are also seeking an agreement to extend protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrived in the USA illegally as children. The program allows illegal immigrants who came to the country as children to work and go to school. "And so what they do is they hold that hostage in trying to get things that are not in the best interest of the American taxpayer, and so it is truly trying to have a real plan to break that". He said Democrats are in an "untenable position" if they push the immigration issue to the point of a government shutdown. Democrats have also opposed Trump's effort to stop letting legal immigrants apply to bring their relatives to the U.S.

Trump also spotlighted his stance on travel from six Muslim nations into the U.S. "We want to have a great, handsome crime-free country".

That, however, is not an issue impacting current budget talks.

But they said they had backed off pushing for a longer-term spending bill and were instead focused on setting up a more advantageous fight with Democrats shortly before Christmas.

Trump's warning about a shutdown came as conservative House members pushed for increases in military spending along with either a freeze or reduction in domestic programs.

Asked if a shutdown would be a distraction, he said, "Of course".

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