Trump Tweets Skepticism of Deal With Democrats to Keep Government Open

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Two Republicans, Reps. Walter JonesWalter Beaman JonesGOP in furious push for tax-reform votes Congress must end American support for Saudi war in Yemen The 13 House Republicans who voted against the GOP tax plan MORE (N.C.) and Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordConservatives fear end-of-year "Christmas tree" spending bill House adopts Senate budget, takes step toward tax reform Conservatives direct ire at GOP leaders - not Trump MORE (S.C.), defected from their party on those efforts.

Despite Schumer and Pelosi's absence, Trump seemed optimistic that the GOP's disaster of a tax reform bill will pass the Senate vote later this week.

After Trump tweeted he didn't see a possible deal with Democrats, Democratic leaders backed out of a meeting with the president.

In a statement, the two Democratic leaders said they planned to negotiate directly with their Republican counterparts rather than Mr Trump in order to prevent a government shutdown next month. Lawmakers would like to pass a spending measure to fund the government through the rest of the 2018 fiscal year, which goes through September 30.

CHUCK SCHUMER: With his tweet this morning, President Trump made sure that today's meeting is nothing but a photo op. "I would say do it now", said Mr. Trump, adding that he urged Senate Republicans to hurry up the vote when he met with them Tuesday at the Capitol.

Much as he did during his presidential campaign, Trump directed his message at middle-class workers.

"She wants your taxes to go up, she's weak on crime, she's weak on borders, she's weak on illegal immigration and she's weak on the military", Trump said in a speech at the St. Charles Convention Center.

President Donald Trump center speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington Tuesday Nov. 28 2017 during a meeting with Republican congressional leaders. House Speaker Paul Rya
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"While it's very clear that the Republican tax bill will harm the middle class, it's less clear how the bill will benefit one taxpayer in particular, if he pays any taxes: the president of the United States of America", Eshoo said during House floor debate. "Lowering taxes for job creators will help them grow and hire more Americans for good, family-sustaining jobs".

Congress has three choices: approve a massive bill for more than $1 trillion to keep the government operating through September 30, 2018; pass a shorter extension of current funding to buy more time; or fail to pass anything and risk a partial government shutdown. These issues are far too serious for these kinds of games.

"'They've been all talk and no action, ' Trump says of Chuck and Nancy, as he sits in a meeting room with empty chairs for them", quipped one of NPR's editors, Domenico Montanaro.

Sen. Dick Durbin, the assistant Democratic leader, said Trump's original tweet was "not respectful or constructive". Hours before he was set to meet with the top congressional leaders from both parties, he offered a downbeat forecast for negotiating with Mr. Schumer and Ms. Pelosi. So we'll see what happens as to shutdown.

"If that happens, I would absolutely blame the Democrats", he said of a government shutdown. "I think we have tremendous support - unanimous vote on the tax bill - I think we're going to get it passed".

Next, it was Senate Democratic leadership's turn to get in front of the cameras and spin their side. "The Republicans want a shutdown - we know that's a mistake". And Democrats want to reach a deal regarding that program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, as part of the year-end negotiations. As an example, they want high taxes, we want cut taxes.

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