Trump faces off with Democrats over potential government shutdown

On Thursday, the president of the United States, Donald Trump will face off with the Democratic leaders of Congress in a high stakes White House meeting whose main intention is to bridge the differences over a spending bill and prevent a government shutdown. Democratic leader of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer will join Trump and Republican congressional leaders for talks after canceling a similarly planned meeting the previous week when the president posted a disparaging note about them on Twitter. Trump and Congress are facing a deadline of Friday midnight for the passing of new spending legislation. If they cannot agree on the terms then parts of the federal government could shut down.

The talks with Schumer and Pelosi, whom Trump has referred to as 'Chuck and Nancy,' could be the beginning of a protracted blame game. On Wednesday, the Republican president said that the Democrats were looking at something that was very dangerous for the United States which is a shutdown. Pelosi responded in a tweet that Donald Trump was the only person who was talking about such a scenario. She wrote that the Democrats are hopeful that the US president will be open to an agreement for addressing the needs of the American people that are urgent and keep the government open.

The House which is controlled by the Republicans is expected to vote on a bill on Thursday that would keep the government open at current spending levels through the 22nd of December while the lawmakers negotiate a solution which is of a longer term. The legislation will also include some short-term help for the states running out of money to finance the health insurance program for lower-income children. Some of the conservative Republicans might oppose the spending bill on the grounds of the time period being too short and forces more crucial decision making right before the holidays. But the measure is expected to pass the House and move to the Senate at the same time. The White House has said that Donald Trump would sign the stopgap spending measure.

The Conservative House Republicans said their main focus was on what would happen next. Moving forward, they favor legislation that would hold down spending levels for everything but defense and additionally they also want work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients.

January 16, 2022 - 18:25
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