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Schumer on White House talks: 'We made some progress' but still 'disagreements'

Sen. Chuck Schumer arrives at Capitol Hill after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House. The two met only hours before a government shutdown deadline on Friday, January 19, 2018. (Image: Paul Courson, Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York met with President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon just hours before a possible government shutdown.

Schumer told reporters that the two had a "long and detailed meeting."

"We made some progress, but we still have a good number of disagreements," Schumer said.

The meeting took place after Senate Democrats said they would filibuster a short-term, four-week government spending bill that passed the House on Thursday evening.

Schumer tweeted that he would be willing to approve a "clean" continuing resolution that would last "for a couple days," while both sides hammer out additional details.

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The top Democrat said that given a new "hard, final deadline" the two sides will "read a deal that fully funds our military & the opioid fight, CHIP [an important children's health insurance program], vets, pensions, disaster aid & protects Dreamers."

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney was preparing for the possibility of a shutdown, but argued it would be less severe than the 2013 government shutdown.

"It is absolutely my belief that President Obama actively wanted a shutdown in 2013," Mulvaney told reporters at a White House press briefing. "The Obama administration weaponized the shutdown in 2013. They could have made the shutdown in 2013 much less impactful."

Mulvaney continued that if Democrats and Republicans are unable to reach a funding agreement by midnight, the Trump administration will "manage the shutdown differently.

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The White House is preparing to blame Schumer and the Democrats for a shutdown. However, Democrats argue that because Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House, the public will blame the GOP.

The government will shut down at midnight on Friday unless 60 senators can agree on a path forward.

Critical services will continue in the event of a shutdown, including military operations, federal law enforcement activities, airport security checks. Individuals eligible for Social Security and other federal benefits will also continue to receive those. Non-essential government services will be shut down and federal workers will not be paid.



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