Schumer meeting with Trump unproductive, but Congress averts shutdown


Schumer meeting with Trump unproductive, but Congress averts shutdown

WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi failed to reach agreement with President Donald Trump on a spending plan, but House and Senate voted a two-week extension that averted a threatened government shutdown.
The votes took the air out of the balloon of heightening tension that the government would grind to a halt over differences on defense and domestic spending, border security and the future of youthful immigrant “Dreamers.’’
“We had a productive conversation on a wide variety of issues,’’ Schumer and Pelosi said in an unusually bland statement after the meeting. “Nothing specific has been agreed to, but discussions continue.’’

With no deal in sight, both chambers of Congress approved an extension that keeps the government afloat at least temporarily. That had been in doubt after Trump told reporters Wednesday that a shutdown “could happen.’’

Source: Times Unition
Schumer meeting with Trump unproductive, but Congress averts shutdown

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