Schumer, Pelosi to meet with Trump on year-end agenda
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration White House: Trump remarks didn't derail shutdown talks Schumer defends Durbin after GOP senator questions account of Trump meeting MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDemocrats search for 51st net neutrality vote Hoyer suggests Dems won't support spending bill without DACA fix Trump’s first year in office was the year of the woman MORE (D-Calif.) will head to the White House on Thursday for end-of-the-year negotiations with President Trump.

“We’re glad the White House has reached out and asked for a second meeting. We hope the President will go into this meeting with an open mind, rather than deciding that an agreement can’t be reached beforehand," the two Democratic leaders said in a joint statement.

They added that they "are hopeful the President will be open to an agreement to address the urgent needs of the American people and keep government open.”

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Schumer and Pelosi pulled out of a meeting scheduled for last week with Trump after the president tweeted that he was sitting down with "Chuck and Nancy" but that he didn't "see a deal."

Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year MORE (R-Wis.), who attended last week's meeting with Trump, are also expected to be at Thursday's powwow.

The meeting will come a day before the Dec. 8 deadline to fund the government and avoid a shutdown. 

House GOP leadership is pushing forward with a plan to pass a two-week short-term spending bill as soon as Wednesday. And a Senate Republican leadership aide indicated earlier Monday that Senate GOP leadership is also backing the two-week stopgap strategy. 

Democrats have yet to take a position on passing a two-week "clean" continuing resolution. 

In addition to a short-term deal, Schumer and Pelosi noted they also need to reach a budget agreement, as well as fund the Children's Health Insurance Program, pass more disaster relief aid and address a key Obama-era immigration program. 

"There is a bipartisan path forward on all of these items," they said.