“I don’t see a deal.” Those five words tweeted by President Trump Tuesday prior to a Big Four meeting with Speaker Ryan, Senator McConnell, Leader Pelosi and Senator Schumer increases the chance of a government shutdown.
This was a set back that halted months of quiet and serious negotiations between the bipartisan Senate and House Leadership on lifting the fiscal caps, passing a Continued Resolution, and negotiating an Omnibus Appropriations bill.
In the coming days, here’s what to watch for to see if the train can get back on track:
- Will the House GOP attempt to pass a standalone, clean Continuing Resolution and dare the Democrats in the House and Senate to oppose or will the bipartisan leadership reengage on the CR, lifting the caps, and the size of the emergency funding for hurricane survivors?
- Will the House GOP challenge the Democrats to oppose emergency funding for hurricane victims and a short-term clean CR?
- Will the President reengage with Democrats on the end of the year funding bills or will he dare them to cancel more White House meetings?
- And will the Democratic rank and file demand that a fix for the Dreamers is included in a CR or Omnibus appropriations or will some form of guaranteed agreement can be reached to pass standalone legislation with some border security measures as a demand?
Tax reform may be on the front burner, but before we know it, the deadline for funding the government will be upon us. Soon enough we will find out if there is a deal to be had.