Democrats agree to talk to TrumpReuters
December 05. 2017 12:59AM
WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders in Congress said on Monday they had accepted an invitation from President Donald Trump to meet with him and Republican leaders to discuss year-end legislative priorities, including efforts to fund the government and avoid a shutdown.
House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who canceled a meeting with Trump last week after he issued a disparaging note on Twitter, said in a statement they hoped the President would remain open-minded about reaching a deal with Democrats.
"We need to reach a budget agreement that equally boosts funds for our military and key priorities here at home," Pelosi and Schumer said. "There is a bipartisan path forward on all of these items."
The meeting was scheduled for Thursday, a day before funding for the federal government is due to run out.
Republicans in the House over the weekend introduced a stopgap measure that would fund the government at current levels until Dec. 22 to give lawmakers time to reach a deal on a longer-term funding bill.
The House is expected to vote on the short-term spending bill Wednesday, and the Senate would then follow suit later in the week.