ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN
CAPITOL HILL – Tomorrow, President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Democratic congressional leaders, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to head off an upcoming partial government shutdown before Christmas.
Nancy Pelosi is the leading candidate to become the Speaker of the House in January.
Both Democratic leaders have said on multiple occasions that they intend to find common ground with the president on issues they can agree on. One issue is border security and the amount of funding to be earmarked for a border wall.
Chuck Schumer pointed out in his Tuesday presser the distinction between the Democratic funding proposal and the President’s demand for $5 billion for the wall in FY2019:
(Audio: Chuck Schumer says he will agree to $1.6 billion funding for border funding, as that earmarked amount wasn’t even spent last fiscal year, but not $5 billion the President is demanding.)
Other issues that are pending is American withdrawal of support for Saudi Arabia’s fighting in Yemen in the wake of the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, completion of an omnibus farm bill, a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, and a bill to protect the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill