President Trump will meet next week with congressional leaders from both parties to discuss the December deadline to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said Tuesday.
Congress must pass a spending bill by Dec. 8 to avoid a partial government shutdown, and some Republicans are preparing to fight to lift defense spending caps as part of the legislative package. But there is already talk of passing a short-term funding bill to give lawmakers more time to settle on a final spending bill for the year.
Walters told reporters the focus of the meeting will be "end of the year" issues, including the GOP tax bill that Trump wants passed by Christmas and a fast-approaching deadline to devise a legislative solution for so-called Dreamers before the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program expires on March 5.
Democrats have signaled that they plan to push for an increase in non-defense spending if their GOP counterparts boost the Pentagon's budget.
Several House Democrats have also argued for tying the DACA fix to a spending bill to ensure immigrants who entered the country illegally as children can work in the country, and remain shielded from deportation.
Trump is vacationing with his family at his beach club in Mar-a-Lago for Thanksgiving and is set to return to Washington on Monday.