President Donald Trump reportedly views the possibility of a government shutdown favorably, telling aides he believes that taking a hard stand against the immigration concessions that would avert a shutdown will ingratiate him with his core supporters. He has said to several people, the report added, that he would blame Democrats for a government shutdown.
Senator Dick Durbin was a bit more honest about Trump's flip-flopping when it comes to government shutdowns, saying he hopes lawmakers "catch him at a good moment".
The dynamic is slightly different this time around now that Republicans control the White House and Congress.in 2013, they controlled only the House of Representatives.
"When you run for office and you get elected and you are given the opportunity to govern, it strikes me as a bad idea to shut the government down", said Sen.
White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short, however, denied that Mr. Trump wants a shutdown.
"He's not advocating for a shutdown in any way".
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"And if the Senate Democrats choose to filibuster that, then they will have chosen to shut the government down, something that we do not want to see happen", he said. The timeline was still being debated, but conservatives said they wanted to make sure the next spending deadline isn't until the new year. "That's why we invited [Democrats] over to have a conversation about a deal", said Short.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY didn't attend a White House meeting on November 28 to discuss these spending caps because Trump tweeted that morning that he didn't think a deal would be possible.
Initially, Trump loved news media coverage of his deal this fall with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that extended government spending and increased the debt limit for three months. "Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes".
One week before the December 8 shutdown deadline, Republicans are pushing a short term spending bill that would fund the government through December 22.
President Trump has said that any bill for Dreamers must also include a number of reforms to the immigration system, including stricter interior enforcement, tighter controls on legal immigration and money for his border wall.
As part of the negotiation to convince moderate Republican senators like Susan Collins of ME to support the tax bill, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky promised that a bipartisan proposal to stabilize health-insurance markets would be attached to must-pass legislation-like a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown-before the end of the year.