House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that if Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., want to reach a deal to extend government spending past early December, "they will be" at the planned meeting with President Trump Tuesday afternoon at the White House, after the top two Democrats said they will not be attending earlier in the day.
"We have important work to do, and Democratic leaders have continually found new excuses not to meet with the administration to discuss these issues," Ryan and McConnell said in a statement. "Democrats are putting government operations, particularly resources for our men and women on the battlefield, at great risk by pulling these antics."
"There is a meeting at the White House this afternoon, and if Democrats want to reach an agreement, they will be there," they said.
Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement of their own earlier in the day that they would not be attending the meeting after President Trump tweeted early Tuesday that he doesn't "see a deal" coming together due to their call for a legislative fix for the recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
"Meeting with 'Chuck and Nancy' today about keeping government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes," Trump wrote. "I don’t see a deal!"
Some Democrats have said that will not vote for a package to fund the government without a fix for the DACA recipients. The DACA program is set to expire in early March.