Congressional leaders to launch budget talks with White House

Congressional leaders to launch budget talks with White House
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The top four congressional leaders of both parties are expected to meet with White House officials next week to discuss a two-year budget deal, a pair of sources confirmed Friday.
 
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMoulton drops out of presidential race after struggling to gain traction Conservatives push Trump tariff relief over payroll tax cuts Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence MORE (D-Calif.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOmar says US should reconsider aid to Israel I'm not a Nazi, I'm just a dude: What it's like to be the other Steve King Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' MORE (R-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democratic field narrows with Inslee exit McConnell rejects Democrats' 'radical movement' to abolish filibuster MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? MORE (D-N.Y.) will kick off talks as deadlines to avoid another government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling loom this fall.
 
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Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump's latest plan to undermine Social Security Trump says he'll decide on foreign aid cuts within a week Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report: How will Trump be received at G-7? White House won't move forward with billions in foreign aid cuts Trump says he'll decide on foreign aid cuts within a week MORE are expected to attend, but the meeting has not been formally scheduled as of Friday afternoon, according to an aide.

A congressional source added that Hill leadership had agreed to meet with Mnuchin and other administration officials to discuss the budget caps on defense and non-defense spending.
 
The meeting comes after Mulvaney met with McConnell on Thursday to discuss spending and amid growing concerns on Capitol Hill about avoiding across-the-board cuts known as sequestration.
 
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyIs this any way for NASA to build a lunar lander? In-space refueling vs heavy lift? NASA and SpaceX choose both Budget deal sparks scramble to prevent shutdown MORE (R-Ala.) indicated on Thursday that leadership was trying to set up a meeting with the White House next week to discuss a budget cap deal.
 
"What could come out of it is an agreement, where we can move our approps, a number," Shelby told The Hill when asked what could come out of the White House talks. "Or nothing could come out if, you've been here, you've seen."
 
A senior White House official told The Hill that "it’s still too early to speculate on what the outcome of these discussions will be, but as deficit spending continues to drive up our national debt, the Administration will continue to push for fiscal responsibility."
 
McConnell initially announced last month that he, Pelosi and President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE had agreed to staff-level talks about how to get a budget caps deal. News of the meeting next week was first reported by Politico.
 
Lawmakers have been sounding the alarm about the need to keep the government open, with current funding set to expire at the end of September. They'll also need to raise the debt ceiling later this year to avoid defaulting, with the Treasury Department expected to be able to extend the deadline until September or October.
 
Unless lawmakers reach a deal on spending, about $120 billion in automatic cuts to defense and domestic programs would go into effect under sequestration. 
 
Separately, Pelosi and Schumer plan to meet with Trump next Wednesday to follow up on their recent meeting about a $2 trillion infrastructure plan.
 
—Updated at 4:26 p.m. Brett Samuels contributed.