Democrats could come up losers in government shutdown fight

Dec 03, 2017, 00:57
Democrats could come up losers in government shutdown fight

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, pulled out of the White House meeting because of a tweet that Trump sent earlier in the day attacking them as weak on illegal immigration and bent on raising taxes.

But the New York Democrat and the White House have been locked in a war of words about a potential deal after the president said on Twitter that he was meeting with "Chuck and Nancy" on keeping the government open but "I don't see a deal".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said that in his decades of service under administrations of both parties, he had never refused an offer to meet the president.

In an earlier statement, the two Democratic leaders said that instead of meeting the president, they meant to negotiate directly with their Republican counterparts in an attempt to avert a government shutdown next month.

"If the president, who already said earlier this year that 'our country needs a good shutdown, ' isn't interested in addressing the hard year end agenda, we'll work with those Republicans who are, as we did in April", the top Democrats said.

President Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning that he was not hopeful about a deal with Democrats to avoid a government shutdown in December.

After Trump tweeted he didn't see a possible deal with Democrats, Democratic leaders backed out of a meeting with the president. Trump later said that Schumer and Pelosi had been "all talk" and "no action". "There is a meeting at the White House this afternoon, and if Democrats want to reach an agreement, they will be there". "If it happens, it will be over illegals pouring into the country, crime pouring into the country, no border wall, which everyone wants".

Democrats complained they were disappointed by the president's statement on Twitter suggesting that it would be hard to reach a deal with Democrats, prompting them to cancel the meeting.

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Pelosi and Schumer responded with a joint statement bowing out of the meeting. "That's how we did it the last time the government funding expired", he said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Trump was applauding the committee for "taking an important step toward passing historic tax relief and reform and clearing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act this afternoon".

And on Capitol Hill, some progress was made on Tuesday during talks on the Republican tax bill.

"I would absolutely blame Democrats if that happens", he said.

As McConnell prepared to leave for the meeting at the White House, he said Pelosi and Schumer's protest demonstrated a "lack of seriousness".

"We have a very serious approach".

But the president's extraneous tweets and quips have diverted attention from Trump's agenda at a time of maximum effect for his tax proposal and with a series of looming budget deadlines and other priorities in Congress. Wednesday's tweets came hours before Trump was departing for Missouri to rally support for his tax plan in the Senate.

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