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Democrats agree to talk to Trump

December 05. 2017 12:59AM
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell left, U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Sept. 6. (Reuters)

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.


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