Schumer, Pelosi to meet with Trump on year-end agenda
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocratic senator blasts 'draconian' press restrictions during impeachment trial Feds seek 25-year sentence for Coast Guard officer accused of targeting lawmakers, justices Clinton: McConnell's rules like 'head juror colluding with the defendant to cover up a crime' MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Justices won't fast-track ObamaCare case before election | New virus spreads from China to US | Collins challenger picks up Planned Parenthood endorsement Why Senate Republicans should eagerly call witnesses to testify Trump health chief: 'Not a need' for ObamaCare replacement plan right now 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 McConnellTrump admin releases trove of documents on Ukrainian military aid The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions What to watch for on Day 2 of Senate impeachment trial MORE (R-Ky.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWarren now also knocking Biden on Social Security Biden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record 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.