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Reports: Trump, Congressional Leaders Schedule Meeting to Discuss Budget Deal

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) will meet with President Donald Trump and Republican leaders on Thursday to reach a budget deal for fiscal 2018 in order to avoid a government shutdown at the end of this week, Reuters reported Monday.

The scheduled meeting came days after the House introduced a plan to pass another stopgap measure to extend federal funding through Dec. 22 as the current continuing resolution approaches expiration on Dec. 8.

“We need to reach a budget agreement that equally boosts funds for our military and key priorities here at home,” Schumer and Pelosi said in a statement.

Bloomberg also reported that Trump and congressional leaders will discuss a potential deal to increase the budget caps on defense and non-defense spending.

Other matters that are expected to be taken up at the meeting include a possible extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, humanitarian disaster aid and issues over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) will also attend the meeting, the report added.

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