Lawmakers get to work trying to avert a government shutdown

Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are pictured. | Getty

Congressional leaders met Wednesday to begin negotiations to avert the threat of a government shutdown. Congress passed a stopgap funding bill in December to postpone the potential shutdown until after the holidays. As the Senate returns this week, immigration threatens to be one of the biggest obstacles to a deal. President Trump has insisted “there can be no [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] deal” without a border wall, but Democrats have already rejected that. Health care and national security spending also could produce shutdowns. Democrats have already insisted on a deal that matches every dollar of additional Pentagon spending with a dollar for domestic programs.

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