Following Trump’s Tantrum, Bipartisan Group Will Meet With WH On Spending

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: U.S. President Donald Trump confers with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) while departing the U.S. Capitol following a St. Patrick's Day celebration on March 14, 2019 in Washington,... WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: U.S. President Donald Trump confers with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) while departing the U.S. Capitol following a St. Patrick's Day celebration on March 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Also pictured (L-R) are Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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While President Trump stormed out of the last spending deal huddle and has spent the last several days publicly berating House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), a bipartisan group of congressional leaders plans to catch up with White House officials this week to try to reach an agreement.

Notably absent from the meetings? President Trump.

According to congressional and administration officials who spoke to Politico, congressional leadership intends to meet with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought at some point this week. Pelosi, along with the House minority leader and the majority and minority leaders for the Senate will be in attendance.

While both sides have tried to quietly get spending negotiations back on track after President Trump’s outburst in May, White House officials are reportedly not hopeful they’ll reach a deal with Democrats.

“Unless Democrats show a willingness to negotiate and come off their unrealistic and unaffordable spending increases, then these meetings are just summer theater and things won’t change much,” an administration official told Politico. Republicans are reportedly most eager to reach a compromise in order to avoid $125 billion in cuts to the military and domestic spending that’ll take place if a plan isn’t reached.

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  1. Will the people Congress must get a buy-in from on the budget even have the authority to do so? They’re almost all just a bunch of actors.

  2. I guess the co-author (in name only) of “The Art of the Deal” will be absent due to a preexisting tee time?

  3. They are entering the “NO COUGHING” zone??

  4. Avatar for tao tao says:

    Y’all need to be more specific when ya talk about Mangolini’s tantrums.

  5. "Unless Democrats show a willingness to negotiate and come off their unrealistic and unaffordable spending increases, then these meetings are just summer theater and things won’t change much…” Which is shorthand for “Accept what we want or we will shut the government down and blame it on you.” We have see this play before. If the Republicans were serious about a compromise budget, they would be negotiating with the Democrats now and not with each other. My suspicion is that the WH is ramping up a potential conflict with Iran to bypass the impending budget cuts to the military while still imposing cuts on the domestic side.

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