House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told her Democratic colleagues Tuesday that she hopes the meeting at the White House tomorrow will help sidestep a "catastrophic shutdown" as government funding expires on Jan. 19.
"Tomorrow, Leader Schumer and I will meet with Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McConnell and White House officials to discuss the urgent need to provide robust, responsible funding for the government and avert a catastrophic shutdown," Pelosi said in a "Dear Democratic Colleague" note to her caucus members.
Pelosi said that in the meeting and in future negotiations, she and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., will call for parity in the spending caps, as well as funding to combat opioids and protect pensions, among other items on their agenda.
"In these talks, Leader Schumer and I will continue to insist on parity in the CAPS," Pelosi said. "We are fighting for funding for the opioid epidemic, veterans, pensions, disaster relief, National Institutes of Health, Children’s Health Insurance Program and community health centers."
Pelosi also reiterated support for a legislative fix for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program despite there being no fix added to the spending bill last month. The program is set to expire in March.
"We are firmly committed to swiftly passing the DREAM Act, which we know would pass with bipartisan support if brought to the floor," Pelosi said.
The meeting is set to include President Trump, the four congressional leaders, along with Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short.