Trump Invites Schumer To White House As Shutdown Draws Near

Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump invited Democratic Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer to the White House to meet Friday, an attempt to avoid a government shutdown.

Schumer is currently poised to lead Democrats in blocking a continuing resolution to fund the U.S. government in the Senate Friday ahead of a midnight deadline. Office of management and budget director Mick Mulvaney and White House legislative director Marc Short told reporters Friday a shutdown looks likely.

Both officials noted that Democratic lawmakers do not appear to be making any specific demands to avoid a government shutdown.

Democratic lawmakers have said they want a deal to codify protections for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children into law. Short said, however, that Democratic lawmakers have no bill text they are insisting on and that Trump has repeatedly indicated what provisions must be in any such bill to preserve the DACA program.

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