Their attempt to divide and conquer failed, though, after Republican leaders stuck by Mr. Trump and attended the meeting at the White House anyway, saying Democrats were recklessly risking a shutdown by refusing to talk to the country's chief executive and the man who must sign whatever bills Congress eventually passes. They're weak on crime.
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"So they decided not to show up", Trump continued. "Now it's not even talk".
A December 8 deadline is looming for passing a spending measure needed to prevent a shutdown. "We have a lot of differences", Trump said of Schumer and Pelosi.
Republicans leaders may need to rely on some Democratic votes to get a funding resolution passed. The last time a government shutdown seemed somewhat likely was back in April, and polls taken at that time showed that voters found nearly no issue was worth shutting down the government.
Warren said following a protest outside the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday that Trump "seems to think that that's somehow going to shut me up", and prevent her from "talking about the tax bill that would favor giant corporations instead of working families". I got elected partially because of the border wall.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan were seated at opposite ends of the large conference table. She declared that the president "now knows that his verbal abuse will no longer be tolerated". His empty chair photo opp showed he's more interested in stunts than in addressing the needs of the American people. Instead, it centered on the slight from Schumer and Pelosi, with both Ryan and McConnell registering their disappointment briefly.
The prospect of a government shutdown is another serious issue for lawmakers to grapple with alongside the tax effort. In it, Mr. Trump previewed the scheduled meeting with "Chuck and Nancy" but sounded grim about chances for an agreement. Trump said that was "very special".
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Rep. Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, said it would be hard for Democrats to blame Republicans for a shutdown if they were the ones who walked away from talks with the president. They want high taxes; we want low taxes.
"We are not anticipating a shutdown".
"Nobody wins that way", he added. "I can't recall ever turning down an opportunity to go down to the White House", McConnell said. "Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes".
The president tweeted early on Tuesday "I don't see a deal!" with Senate minority leader Charles Schumer and top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi. Trump later said that Schumer and Pelosi had been "all talk" and "no action". But to do so, party leaders need to come to a deal to lift strict caps on spending that were imposed in 2011.
How this increases the potential for a shutdown: Behind the scenes, most Senate Republicans are just as sick of Trump as Democrats are.
The meeting was meant to discuss the year-end spending bill to keep the federal government running and avert a shutdown. But they can't solve them if they're not talking to each other. "They're not showing up to the meeting".
Democrats also want money for a children's health program that serves over 8 million low-income children. Funds expired at the end of September, and Republicans and Democrats have fought over how to pay for an extension. "Not only put at jeopardy thousands of individuals who are on DACA, but the entire government work force right before the Christmas and Hanukkah holiday, before the New Year?"