House Freedom Caucus member Jim Jordan, R-OH., said he and the Freedom Caucus are not behind a two week extension to fund the government through Dec. 22 amid concerns of a government shutdown.
The continuing resolution was introduced to the House on Saturday by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, since funding for the government will expire on Friday.
“We’re not real enthused about this two week deal,” Jordan told MNSBC host Steve Kornacki Monday night. “We think any spending bill that lands three days before Christmas usually means not a good deal for the taxpayer. We’re not in favor of that two-week, short-term CR.”
Jordan also said including a legislative fix for recipients of the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals programs was not a dealbreaker, despite calls from Democrats to include it in the spending bill.
“They’re not going to pay our troops because they think it’s more important to allow people who came here illegally to stay in this country?” Jordan said. “I don’t think that flies with most Americans. So, certainly we wouldn’t be for that.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., skipped a meeting with President Trump after Trump tweeted he did not see a deal between Republicans and Democrats concerning a new spending bill for the government, raising concern that a government shutdown is approaching.
However, Schumer and Pelosi are expected to meet with Trump to discuss the funding bill this Thursday.
"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 Monday. "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 noted Democrats were planning to discuss military spending, extending funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and a legislative fix for recipients of DACA, a provision some Democrats have signaled must be included for them to support a government funding extension. DACA will expire in March and provides legal protection to illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. when they were minors.
"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."