Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., predicted Tuesday President Trump would ultimately sign a spending package in December if a permanent fix to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is included.
"Here's the bottom line — we feel very strongly that DACA must pass and pass by Dec. 31. We're going to work very hard for it in the must-pass legislation that comes forward," Schumer told reporters at his weekly press conference.
"We think we're going to have a good number of our Republican colleagues join us. There are a lot of Republicans who want to pass DACA as well, and so I am very optimistic that it will pass."
"[Trump] won't veto the bill. If DACA is in the omnibus, he will not veto it, is my prediction," he said, adding he believes there will be bipartisan support for putting a DACA fix in the bill.
Schumer also predicted there will be no need for Democrats to threaten a government shutdown over a lack of a DACA fix in the year-end spending package.
"We won't come to that," Schumer said. "I think we'll have Republicans joining us to support DACA."
Trump reportedly told GOP senators last week at a meeting at the White House he does not want a DACA fix in the bill, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., believes there will ultimately be a deal that includes border security measures or a push to end chain migration.
Schumer said he has not spoken to the president in about three weeks.
The current government spending deal lasts until Dec. 8.