Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Things President Trump Wants to Accomplish in 2018

Things President Trump Wants to Accomplish in 2018

The White House and top congressional leaders from both major parties issued upbeat assessments Wednesday after a Capitol Hill meeting in which they forged progress on a stack of unfinished Washington business, starting with a hoped-for bipartisan budget deal.

After passing a stop-gap measure in December to keep the government funded through January 19, passing a longer-term spending bill is one of Congress' most pressing tasks in the coming weeks.

"It also remains important that members of Congress do not hold funding for our troops hostage for immigration policy", the White House, Ryan and McConnell wrote in their statement leaving the meeting.

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Legislative Director Marc Short are scheduled to meet with congressional leaders from both parties on Wednesday. Some Democrats contend the bill doesn't go far enough and that a permanent fix is imperative.

The first order of business will be preventing a looming government shutdown if it can't strike a federal funding deal. "But we'll see how agreeable people are feeling". Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a joint statement.

"I don't see anything that's changed in terms of the lack of support in the Senate", says Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. And it wouldn't be completely surprising if Republicans didn't want that to be a part of the debate.

Unlike a year ago, when Republicans used special rules to push through a Supreme Court nominee, federal judges, and a major tax cut with just a majority vote, everything on the upcoming agenda will require clearing a 60-vote threshold in the Senate.

What if, you may be asking, the appetite among all players to punt the hard questions overrides everything else, and they just pass another short-term bill to buy more time?

That means federal agencies and employees are eyeing at least one more temporary funding measure for fiscal 2018, which began October 1.

Spokesmen for Ryan and McConnell have confirmed they will attend.

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What's more, a $81 billion disaster aid package, which passed the House but is stuck in the Senate, could be a sticking point for California, Florida and Texas delegation members who believe the House bill shortchanged needs in their states.

One other significant issue faces a January 19 deadline, although it is not directly related to the budget.

"Everybody thinks they have more leverage right now", said Dan Holler, vice president of the conservative organization Heritage Action for America.

-After a year of operating on a strict party-line basis, lawmakers returning to Washington this week will face a new demand: bipartisanship.

Appropriators can not rewrite all 12 appropriations bills and package them for floor votes before the third stopgap spending bill of fiscal 2018 expires in less than three weeks, aides in both parties said Tuesday.

The day before a meeting of administration officials and congressional leaders on outstanding legislative business, President Trump accused Democrats of "doing nothing" to hammer out an immigration deal to protect from deportation people brought to the country illegally as children. Some Republicans have also advocated for these measures. There is disagreement, however, on what that deal should look like; who will be protected, whether or not immigrants should be able to become citizens and some of the hardline principles the president has said he wants included.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said talks with Democrats on a broader immigration measure are showing promise and could result in legislation this month.

"Leaders have to have the attitude that they can find a way to work together for the good of the country, and that was not the case in 2017", he says. Many of his supporters are clamoring for a standoff over funding for his promised, massive wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, while some aides and Republican officials are reminding him of his pledge previous year to "show great heart" toward dreamers - immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children."He's got a very simple core problem". He has also called for actions to reduce legal immigration, such as restricting the right of USA citizens and legal residents to bring close family members into the United States.

Furthermore, Democrats won't agree to set aside money for a wall or interior enforcement but have said that paying for border security is acceptable.

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