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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on November 28 said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are showing a "lack of seriousness" by declining to attend a meeting with President Trump.

President Donald Trump said he's not surprised Democratic leaders did not show up to a planned meeting with him to negotiate a spending package to avert a government shutdown.

"Given that the president doesn't see a deal between Democrats and the White House, we believe the best path forward is to continue negotiating with our Republican counterparts in Congress instead", their statement said. The president's invitation to Democrats "still stands, and he encourages them to put aside their pettiness, stop the political grandstanding, show up and get to work". And now it's even worse.

"If that happens, I would absolutely blame the Democrats", he said.

Pelosi (pictured) and Schumer will try to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan in the afternoon, they said.

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"You can not negotiate the omnibus spending bill without the person who signs the bill in the room", McConnell said. But the bill still faces hurdles in the Senate, where Republicans have just two votes to spare in their 52-48 edge over Democrats. The White House's budget plan seemed to go out of its way to punish the working families the president vowed to protect. "He said it was going to simplify the tax code".

The false start Tuesday left the parties far apart on an agreement to avoid a funding deadline at the end of next week.

On December 8, the USA government will run out of money (though the deadline may be temporarily extended to later in the month).

"Sen. Claire McCaskill - have you ever heard of her? - is doing you a tremendous disservice", Mr. Trump said as the crowd booed loudly.

"It should have been the beginning of an important negotiating session", Durbin said. "What do I know, I'm a business guy".

Senior administration officials made clear Tuesday that Trump's message in Missouri would feature criticism of McCaskill.

Republicans view the Democrats' opposition as a political victor for them, especially in states such as Missouri, which Trump won by 19 points last fall, and where he is heading for rally Wednesday.

In a speech to supporters in St Charles Missouri on Wednesday Mr Trump said he would not "name names" as he spoke at length about how other countries had attracted USA investment at the expense of America.

McCaskill, a top Republican target in the 2018 midterm elections, voted against the GOP proposal in committee earlier this month, and is expected to vote against it when the full Senate takes up the measure. Americans are ready for a change in the tax code that allows them to flourish instead of just 'get by.' The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act would do just that by roughly doubling the standard deduction, which seventy-one percent of Missourians now use.


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