Chuck Schumer Says Budget Deal Doable - If Trump Stays Out Of It

Kelly said he thought Trump "will be insistent on the funding" for the wall, a lingering question ahead of the spending battle lawmakers face as they work this week to keep the government's lights on past Friday.

Sessions made his comments in an appearance on ABC's "This Week", where he was attempting to square Trump's promise that Mexico would pay for the border wall with Mexico's firm position to the contrary.

"Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall", Trump tweeted.

Aides stressed on Sunday talk shows that funding a wall along the U.S.

"The president has been pretty straightforward about his desire and the need for a border wall", Kelly replied. Still, he mentioned the wall in the context of the president's goals.

Democrats took a hard stance against the wall. She noted that when Trump promised to build a wall during his campaign, he never indicated he would "pass billions of dollars of cost of the wall onto the taxpayer".

Congressional leaders have said that Congress will pay for the cost of the wall by this fall.

He added: "No one foresees or wants a shutdown next week". Shutdown is not a desired end. It's not a tool. We expect money for border security in this bill. We are asking for our priorities'. And one of the biggest priorities during the campaign was border security - keeping Americans safe. 'And everyone understands the border wall was part of it'.

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that no Congress member who represents districts on the border supports Mr Trump's plans for the wall, according to a survey which included four Republican senators. My base definitely wants the border wall.

But Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, told Fox News that Democrats were unwilling to fund the wall as they were angry about Mr Trump's pick for Supreme Court Justice, conservative-leaning Neil Gorsuch.

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The Trump administration and negotiators in Congress repeatedly have said they were confident a government shutdown would be averted.

Trump administration officials have steadily advocated for funding the wall in recent days.

"I am hopeful that we can get a budget done", Schumer said at a news conference. "So I would suspect he'll do the right thing for sure".

'The burden to keep it open is on the Republicans, ' Pelosi said.

"We intend to address the wall issue ourselves", Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said that month. House said Sunday that statement still stands.

Trump tweeted a warning at Democrats on Sunday, saying: "ObamaCare is in serious trouble".

Republicans hold a 52-to-48 advantage over the Democratic caucus in the Senate. "You can either have a small tax cut that's permanent, or a large tax cut that is short term", he said. "And so I think that's a fight worth having and a conversation and a debate worth having for 2018".

During Bill Clinton's administration, there were two full government shutdowns during 1995 and 1996 as politicians squabbled over the United States budget deficit.

The spending showdown comes as Congress prepares to return from a two-week recess with a busy to-do list.

Trump would like to revive a failed effort by House Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare".

Legislative text on tax reform is not expected until June, Mulvaney said.

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