Yet again, Republicans and Democrats in Congress are facing down one another the potential for a government shutdown on December 8, 2017, looms over their heads. The negotiations associated with providing supplemental funding to keep the government operating beyond December 8 includes a slew of policy priorities on the part of the Democrats.
One of the most significant priorities for the Democrats at this time are the codification of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program, or DACA. The other key policy consideration for the Democrats in Congress is stabilization measures for the Affordable Care Act, the law also known as Obamacare. As an aside, GOP members are likely to fight for funding for border security, including President Donald Trump’s long- promised border wall.
Congressional leaders from both parties are slated to meet with President Trump at the White House. These include House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Chuck Schumer. The meeting is said to be designed to hammer out differences between the delegations in regard to issues surrounding the government shutdown.
The last time a government shutdown was in the wind was in September 2017. During that go-around, political pundits felt that President Trump was quick to “cave in” to the demands of the Democrats in order to avoid a shutdown. The same resolution is not expected as far as the end of the year potential shutdown is concerned. Indeed, Democratic leaders indicate that they are braced to fight for their policy positions as part of an agreement to avoid shuttering the government. The plan on digging in, particularly in regard to DACA and ACA.
Setting a less conciliatory tone, the President tweeted on the morning of the meeting with Congressional leaders:
“Meeting with ‘Chuck and Nancy’ today about keeping government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal!”