Appropriators will meet this afternoon
“Republican and Democratic appropriators from both chambers plan to meet Monday afternoon in an effort to revive spending talks as the government heads toward its second shutdown in three months.
“The so-called ‘four corners’ – Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., and ranking member Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., and House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey, D- N.Y. and ranking member Kay Granger, R-Texas, – will attend the meeting, according to a Shelby spokeswoman.
“A Democratic aide said the meeting would take place at 3:30 p.m.”
Chad Pergram from Fox News tweeted on some possible outcomes of the meeting:
“It’s possible appropriators could split the appro pkg – taking the six spending bills where there is agreement and moving them as ‘new’ bills – and simply doing a CR for DHS. But, a CR for all bills is bad for Democrats. They scored a lot of domestic policy wins in those measures”
“A CR for everything means Democrats leave money for their programs on the table. This could be an incentive for Democrats to deal. But Democrats would happily take six new bills combined together as a ‘minibus’ and a CR simply renewing all old DHS funding at current levels.”
“Then again, the water is fouled so badly that the only option may be a short-term CR for everything or even a long-term CR for the entire fiscal year, ending September 30. Fox is told the President is willing to do a CR, both short term and long term.”
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