House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said they've agreed to meet on Thursday with President Donald Trump and Republican Congressional leaders to discuss a year-end spending deal as a possible government shutdown looms as early as Saturday.
"We're glad the White House has reached out and asked for a second meeting".
"We need to reach a budget agreement that equally boosts funds for our military and key priorities here at home including the opioid crisis, pension plans and rural infrastructure", Schumer and Pelosi said.
The pair's meeting with the Tweeter-in-Chief at the White House is scheduled for December 7, 2017.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are seeking to pass a two-week stop-gap funding bill that grants Congress more time to work out a longer-term funding deal without letting the government's lights shut off - which can lead to some painful consequences, like delayed payments for government employees, the shuttering of national parks and billions of dollars lost for the country's economy. He then blasted the pair as "all talk" and "no action", and said they are "weak" on crime and immigration, NBC News reported Monday.
But now, only four days remain until government funding is slated to run out, and if party leaders want to reach a deal to keep the government open, they'll have to resolve major differences.
Failing to keep the government funded despite running Washington could be a political headache for Republicans in 2018.
It will take bi-partisan support of 60 votes for spending bills to pass in Senate, where Republicans have 52 members.
The meeting is scheduled for Thursday and will include Republican leaders Sen. "We have to provide funding for community health centers and (the Children's Health Insurance Program), as well as relief for the millions of Americans still reeling from natural disasters".
But Schumer and Pelosi are pushing other issues, like protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents, a children's health insurance program and more money to battle the opioid drug epidemic.