Schumer Tells Trump to Butt Out of Spending Talks!

In this March 13, 2017, file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

With a deadline approaching to fund the government, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Congress could get it done if President Donald Trump will get out of the way.

“If the president stepped out of it, we could get a budget done by Friday,” Schumer told reporters on a Monday conference call hosted by the Democratic National Committee.

The White House had demanded funding for the development and initial construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border be included in must-pass spending legislation due by April 29, when funding expires. It’s a demand Democrats have long objected to.

“The four parties were negotiating quite well,” Schumer said, “until the White House threw a monkey wrench into all this with a wall.”

Trump’s interjection came after meetings between House and Senate appropriators had been relatively successful, Schumer said, resulting in meetings of both chambers’ Republican and Democratic leaders.

Over the weekend, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told Fox News, “We will negotiate with the Democrats,” and said nobody “thinks a shutdown is desirable.” But, asked directly whether Trump would sign a bill without funding for the wall, Mulvaney said, “We don’t know yet.”

Mulvaney also floated the idea of matching spending for the wall with Obamacare cost-sharing payments for insurers, but Democrats balked at that proposal, and top Republican negotiators in Congress have already voiced their preference for keeping wall money separate from the broader

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