Democrats threaten government shutdown over 'Dreamers' program

President Donald Trump with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis right speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Meeting Room of the White House in Washington Wednesday Dec. 6 2017

Democrats threaten government shutdown over 'Dreamers' program

"It could happen. The Democrats are really looking at something that is very risky for our country", he said Wednesday ahead of a Cabinet meeting, according to a White House pool report. They are looking to protect the Dreamers, who fall under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He said they want "illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime".

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in a tweet, responded on Wednesday to Trump's claim that a government shutdown "could happen" Saturday, and he blamed it on Democrats' stance on immigration. Some Republicans want a large boost in the defense cap, and Democrats are demanding an equal increase in non-defense spending.

While the House potentially could pass upcoming spending bills without any Democratic support, that tactic would not work in the Senate where procedural rules give Democrats bargaining power. Trump ended safeguards against deportation three months ago but has expressed an openness to restoring them. We want to have a great, beautiful, crime-free country.

President Trump is the only person talking about a government shutdown. "And we want people to coming into our country, but we want them to come on our basis". "We hope the President will go into this meeting with an open mind, rather than deciding that an agreement can´t be reached beforehand".

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"We are hopeful the President will be open to an agreement to address the urgent needs of the American people and keep government open", Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said in a joint statement.

Later, the White House issued another statement indicating Trump would sign the two-week spending extension.

Late on Wednesday, a bill advanced in the House of Representatives to extend current federal funding through December 22, with the chamber expected to take up the bill on Thursday. While Democrats have opposed that ban, the issue hasn't appeared to be part of the budget talks.

Meadows said his group had not taken a final position on whether it will back the short-term bill, but he and several other conservatives stopped short of saying they would oppose it. A House GOP leadership aide said the full House now plans to debate the legislation Thursday.

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For Republicans, a shutdown would put a humiliating bookend on a year in which they've controlled the White House and Congress with little to show for it.

Mark Meadows and several others in the roughly 30-member group aren't ruling out backing a leadership-backed spending measure that would expire December 22.

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. Without support from many of them, Republicans would need votes from Democrats to push the temporary spending measure through the House.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will also attend the negotiating session and had urged their Democratic counterparts to reschedule it. That widely popular program provides medical care to more than 8 million children.

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