Greg Nash

Sen. Joe Manchin is delaying his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump as lawmakers scramble to prevent a government shutdown. 

The West Virginia Democrat was scheduled to meet with Trump Friday in New York. 

{mosads}Instead, a spokesman for Manchin said the two will now meet on Monday. 

Manchin is at the heart of a fight over health benefits for miners that is threatening to delay Senate approval of a short-term bill funding the government.

Funding for the government will run out at midnight without a new bill.

The measure under consideration includes a four-month extension of the health benefits for retired miners, but Democrats are demanding that it be lengthened to a year.

Manchin told reporters on Thursday that he would delay his meeting with the president-elect if lawmakers hadn’t reached a deal.

“I have always believed that public officials must put their state and country first and set aside partisan politics to do what’s right for the people they serve,” he said at the time.

Manchin is up for reelection in 2018 in a red state overwhelmingly won by Trump. He has also been floated as a potential secretary of Energy for Trump. 

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