House Dems postpone annual retreat amid border negotiations

House Dems postpone annual retreat amid border negotiations
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House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Overnight Defense: Trump officials say efforts to deter Iran are working | Trump taps new Air Force secretary | House panel passes defense bill that limits border wall funds House Democrats press leaders to start Trump impeachment MORE (N.Y.) informed his colleagues Wednesday that their annual retreat would be postponed amid bipartisan negotiations on border security funding.

Democrats were scheduled to discuss their key priorities in Leesburg, Va., starting on Feb. 13. But with the threat of another government shutdown on the horizon, members will instead gather at a later date. Jeffries did not specify when.

"As you know, the conference committee has begun negotiations to keep the federal government funded beyond February 15," Jeffries wrote in a "Dear Colleague" letter Wednesday. "Given the critical importance of these efforts, we have decided to postpone our Issues Conference until a later date."
House Republicans announced last week that they were postponing their retreat, initially scheduled for the end of this week in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE on Friday signed a three-week continuing resolution to reopen the government after a 35-day partial government shutdown. The short-term reprieve is designed to give lawmakers more time to hammer out a potential deal on border funding.
Trump has warned that if House and Senate negotiators fail to put forward a proposal that includes funding for a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, another partial shutdown could follow. He has also kept open the possibility of declaring a national emergency to build a wall, a move that would sidestep Congress but likely draw several legal challenges.