President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE is planning to hold a Wednesday shutdown meeting with top congressional leaders in the Situation Room, sources told Axios.
Democratic and Republican Hill sources told Axios that the setting is intended to emphasize Trump's concerns about security at the southern border.
The list of attendees includes expected Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), incoming House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), House GOP leaders Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Steve Scalise (La.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), sources told The Hill.
All of those invited have RSVP'd "yes," Axios reported.
The shutdown has gone on since Dec. 22, forcing hundreds of thousands of federal workers to stay home or work without pay.
Trump has demanded $5 billion to fund a border wall, while Democrats have so far declined to offer anything more than an extension for 2018 border security funds that included $1.3 billion for fencing.
Trump on Tuesday tweeted to Pelosi, "Let's make a deal?"
"On Thursday, House Democrats will take action to end the Trump Shutdown, as we pass strong, bipartisan legislation to reopen government, which has already received strong bipartisan support in the Senate," Pelosi wrote on Twitter.
Democrats, who are set to take the House majority on Thursday, have encouraged Senate Republicans to accept their package, which would fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8 at existing spending levels.