Trump privately saying government shutdown might benefit him

Independent presidential candidate Rep. John Anderson of Illinois ponders a question from reporters during a press conference in Washington. The former Illinois congressman and presidential candidate died Sunday Dec. 3 2

Independent presidential candidate Rep. John Anderson of Illinois ponders a question from reporters during a press conference in Washington. The former Illinois congressman and presidential candidate died Sunday Dec. 3 2

President Donald Trump has told confidants that a shutdown could be good for him politically. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., told Politico. "I get it, they have leverage", he said. Even inside the White House, aides fret about the possibility, saying it would not poll well.

White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short dismissed the idea that Trump is angling for a shutdown to score political points.

"He's not advocating for a shutdown in any way".

"Any delay that we make harms a government that should get its plans done", said Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, who chairs the powerful Rules Committee.

"I can't imagine that they want to shut down the government over an issue that's not an emergency", he said. "That seems like an abdication of responsibility". Republicans need Democratic votes in the Senate in order to fund the government because 60 votes are needed to advance spending measures in the upper chamber where Republicans only have 52 members.

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., another Freedom Caucus member, said he's opposed to a short-term spending bill, "If it's a two week plan and we go and do an orgy of spending that throws Christmas tree stuff on the bill".

For weeks, dozens of Democrats have said they will withhold their support for spending legislation unless Congress has acted to provide permanent legal protections to "dreamers", or the children of undocumented immigrants.

BY creating another government shutdown deadline on December 22, the Senate leadership can still try to fulfill its promises to moderates by attaching the Lamar-Alexander legislation to a must-pass bill before the end of the year-and hope by then the tax overhaul is already on the president's desk. The move was heralded by Democrats as a significant victory, while also allowing Republicans to jump-start their debate over tax cuts.

Trump's renewed immigrant bashing on Friday, as well as just before he was slated to meet with Pelosi and Schumer earlier this week, can be chalked up to fears that his base did not take quite as kindly to his apparent willingness to negotiate with the enemy as the press did.

Trump allies aren't exactly in agreement with the president's current flight of fancy.

"But we're going to obviously have to have a short-term CR". Republicans presented Durbin with plans drafted mostly by Cornyn that would make changes to border security, bolster immigration enforcement, revamp the E-Verify employment verification program and put limits on some forms of chain migration.

The government last shut down for 16 days in October 2013 after Sen. "Durbin is jeopardizing the fate of DACA recipients", said a senior GOP aide, insisting on anonymity to speak frankly about the talks. The House passed its version, and the Senate is trying to finish voting on its version this week.

Democrats backed out of a Tuesday meeting with Trump hours after he tweeted that he doubted he would be able to reach a spending deal with Democrats in part due to their position on immigration.

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