WH says Trump looks forward to budget meeting

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A partial government shutdown looms after Friday unless Congress passes a two-week spending bill that House Republicans introduced over the weekend. At that time, funding for many federal agencies is scheduled to run out.

Democrats have been using their leverage to insist on spending boosts for health care, infrastructure and other domestic programs that would match increases Republicans want for defense. He said they want "illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime". They are looking to protect the Dreamers, who fall under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

This time, the White House smoothed the waters by following up with a more peaceable, written statement. Trump ended safeguards against deportation three months ago but has expressed an openness to restoring them.

Democrats haven't said how they will vote, but a Democratic aide said their vote would depend on wider budget talks making progress.

Trump didn't rule out the possibility of a government shutdown. We want to have a great, beautiful, crime-free country. "And we want people to come into our country but we want [them] to come on our basis". "Democrats are hopeful the President will be open to an agreement to address the urgent needs of the American people and keep government open".

If the conservative faction ultimately backs the package, it would likely seal the GOP's hopes of avoiding the need for a last-minute deal with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who could demand additional concessions to keep the government open. Democrats have also opposed Trump's effort to stop letting legal immigrants apply to bring their relatives to the U.S. They don't like the idea of building a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Increasingly confident House leaders planned a Thursday vote on a bill that would keep federal agencies functioning through December 22, and Senate approval was expected to follow.

Trump also referenced his bar on travel into the USA from six Muslim nations, saying, "We don't want to have radical Islamic terrorism in this country".

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"No one wants a shutdown, including Freedom Caucus members", Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told reporters.

Top Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were represented at last week's budget talks by empty chairs.

House Republican leaders plan to push legislation through Congress this week keeping government open through December 22.

Mark Meadows and several others in the roughly 30-member group aren't ruling out backing a leadership-backed spending measure that would expire December 22.

For Republicans, a shutdown would put a humiliating bookend on a year in which they've controlled the White House and Congress with little to show for it. That widely popular program provides medical care to more than 8 million children. But the measure is expected to pass the House and move to the Senate.

House and Senate Republicans are proposing a two-week stopgap spending bill.

Democratic votes for any budget measure will be crucial in the Senate, where Republicans by themselves lack the 60 votes needed to approve the legislation.

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