Trump Blames Potential Government Shutdown On Democrats

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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.

"It could happen. The Democrats are really looking at something that is very unsafe for our country", he said Wednesday ahead of a Cabinet meeting, according to a White House pool report.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that a government shutdown "could happen" and it will be Democrats' fault if it does.

Lawmakers are working to pass a temporary government funding bill before the December 8 deadline, after which the government would shut down.

"It could happen", Trump said. Trump has a meeting with senior leaders of both parties at the White House on Thursday to discuss a long-term spending bill that incorporates measures both sides want. House Freedom Caucus leaders emerged from a closed-door meeting with Speaker Paul Ryan Wednesday morning - their second in two days - saying no deal has been reached.

'So the Democrats maybe will want to shutdown the country cause they want people flowing into our country, and I want people coming into our country, but I want to vet those people, and I want to vet them very carefully, ' Trump said, 'because we don't want to have radical Islamic terrorism in this country, and we don't want to have crime in this country'.

Some Democrats are pushing for a year-end funding deal to include protections for undocumented immigrations who benefitted from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that Trump is ending. The budget stalemate could lead to a government shutdown. I'm asking: "what have you done the last eight?" said the Georgia Republican, who is close with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

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Republicans want to secure funding for President Donald Trump's promised border wall and increase the defense spending caps. Two aides familiar with the meeting but not authorized to discuss it publicly said the lawmakers discussed the legislative agenda for weeks ahead.

"They know that Republicans want to fund the military, Democrats know that", Meadows said.

Meadows and fellow Freedom Caucus leader Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said they are seeking to make it as hard as possible for Democrats to oppose spending bills that hike spending on the military but not on other domestic programs. But they will need some Democratic support to get the spending bill past Senate procedural hurdles that require 60 votes, since there are only 52 Republicans in the 100-member chamber. And in the House, conservative Republicans have tended to oppose spending bills in recent years, forcing GOP leaders to solicit Democratic votes to keep government operating.

The Senate approved the $1.4 trillion tax-cut plan on Saturday; the legislation now moves to a House-Senate conference committee.

If that measure clears the House and Senate, as expected, major fights are in the offing over the next funding bill, which could fund the government until sometime in January.

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