Government shutdown? White House says hopefully not, but recent events ‘discouraging’

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As the deadline to reach a deal to fund the government looms early next month, the Trump administration is not too pleased with how talks have progressed throughout recent days.

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“We really think that Democrats’ insistence on attaching amnesty provisions that don’t go through the legislative process to must-pass funding bills … something that [Sen.] Chuck Schumer and other Democrats have warned against in the past … I think you should ask [Schumer] about what is actually driving the government toward a potential shutdown,” White House spokesman Raj Shah told reporters on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump was scheduled to meet with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) about the looming deadline. Trump sent out a tweet Tuesday morning saying he didn’t “see a deal” because the pair wanted “illegal immigrants flooding into our country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes.” Schumer and Pelosi responded by canceling the meeting.

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Democrats have said they would not sign on to a spending bill unless Republicans agree to protect “Dreamers,” or young immigrants.

Shah said the developments “are discouraging,” but remains hopeful the administration can work out a deal with lawmakers across the aisle in order to avoid a shutdown.

The deadline for lawmakers to reach a deal to keep the government funded is Dec. 8, but the White House has said the Treasury can utilize extraordinary measures in order to keep things running for a short while after that date. In September, President Trump struck a deal with Democrats in Congress to temporarily fund the government through Dec. 8.

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