Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Monday welcomed the second chance he and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will get to meet with President Trump after the two Democrats scrapped their meeting with him last week.
"In a very positive development ... the White House has reached out and asked for a second meeting with congressional leadership," Schumer said on the Senate floor. "We hope the president will go into this meeting with an open mind, rather than deciding that an agreement can’t be reached beforehand as he did before the first meeting."
Schumer and Pelosi blew off a White House meeting with Trump after Trump tweeted that he didn't see any deal coming together with Democrats on a new spending bill for the government. But they are expected to meet with Trump Thursday.
Schumer said Democrats hope to use the meeting to talk about military spending, extending funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, a legislative fix for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
"There is a bipartisan path forward on all of these items," Schumer said. "As negotiations with our Republican counterparts continue, we are hopeful the president will be open to an agreement to address the urgent needs of the American people and keep the government open."
Schumer said that while the president has openly discussed the possibility of a shutdown, he is confident his colleagues in leadership — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. — do not want a shutdown.