Meadows ‘can’t guarantee’ deal to avert December shutdown

Maybe this is not so bad an idea…. shut them down.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday he “can’t guarantee” Congress and the White House will be able to reach a deal to prevent a partial government shutdown in mid-December.

Unless a new spending bill is approved by Dec. 11, funding for government agencies will run out as the government struggles to confront an explosion of coronavirus cases.

Meadows said he remained hopeful that lawmakers and the White House could avert what would be the third shutdown in President Trump’s four years in office.

One of them lasted more than a month.

Lawmakers this week started negotiations but face numerous sticking points, including international aid policy, public health spending, and tribal health care, according to Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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