Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was summoned to the White House Friday afternoon, holding last-minute discussions with President Trump as the deadline for a government shutdown inches closer by the hour, reports Fox News.
The leading Democrat huddled with the President and senior advisors just moments before the federal government grinds to a halt as Congressional lawmakers struggle to find a compromise on DACA and funding for border security.
“We had a long and detailed meeting,” Schumer said in a statement. “We discussed all of the major outstanding issues, we made some progress, but we still have a good number of disagreements. The discussions will continue.”
The high-level meetings come as White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney labeled the possible government shutdown as the “Schumer Shutdown” during a press briefing earlier Friday; accusing Democrats of obstructing the GOP effort to keep the federal government open for business.
“They don’t oppose anything in the bill, but they are opposing the bill,” Mulvaney said.
On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution that would provide short-term funding while bypassing major disagreements between the two parties.
The proposal now heads to the US Senate, where a 60 vote majority is needed before the midnight deadline to avert the shutdown.