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Trump predicts 'perfecto' tax bill in meeting with lawmakers

Donald Trump Trump predicts 'perfecto' tax bill in meeting with lawmakers
Melinda Barton | 07 December, 2017, 15:08

President Donald Trump raised the possibility of a government shutdown ahead of a meeting with Democrats for a second consecutive week on Wednesday, even as tensions on Capitol Hill appeared to diminish after hard-line House conservatives backed off plans to oppose a short-term stopgap. Trump pushed back, saying it could set the stage for impasse. "The Democrats are really looking at something that is very risky to our country. We want to have a great, beautiful, crime-free country".

We don't want to have that.

"We don't want to have radical Islamic terrorism in this country", Trump said in the AP report.

As a condition of backing a new spending measure, Democrats have demanded legislative protections for the almost 700,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States. Although they had planned to attend, they changed their minds after President Trump tweeted his doubts that they'd come to any agreement.

Speaking to reporters at the White House earlier Wednesday, Trump suggested that Democrats' stance on immigration would be to blame if government funding lapses.

The prospects for successful White House talks were buffeted Wednesday when the impulsive Trump blurted to reporters that a shutdown "could happen".

"Democrats are hopeful the President will be open to an agreement to address the urgent needs of the American people and keep government open".

This week, the bigger issue for Republicans seeking to avoid a shutdown has been fellow Republicans.

The Democratic leaders said a number of subjects should be on the table at the meeting, which would include the Republican leaders of the House and Senate, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.

Republicans want the public focus to be on the party's prized $1.5 trillion tax bill, which they hope to enact by Christmas. Two aides familiar with the meeting but not authorized to discuss it publicly said the lawmakers discussed the legislative agenda for weeks ahead.

The roughly 30-member caucus has been trying to win promises of tight budget curbs and other concessions from leaders in exchange for backing the short-term bill. Some Republicans want a large boost in the defense cap, and Democrats are demanding an equal increase in non-defense spending.

"They know that Republicans want to fund the military, Democrats know that", Meadows said.

"They have never seen anything like this community so I think a lot of very good things are going to happen and they are going to happen very fast", the president said. He said Democrats are in an "untenable position" if they push the immigration issue to the point of a government shutdown.

Some conservative Republicans may oppose the spending bill on the grounds that the time period is too short and forces more crucial decision-making right before the holidays.

Increasingly confident House leaders planned a Thursday vote on a bill that would keep federal agencies functioning through December 22, and Senate approval was expected to follow.