Schumer after Trump meeting: Progress but no deal yet

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMeadows: 'I'm not optimistic there will be a solution in the very near term' on coronavirus package Biden calls on Trump, Congress to enact an emergency housing program Senators press Postal Service over complaints of slow delivery MORE (N.Y.) returned to the Capitol Friday afternoon without a deal to avoid a government shutdown, saying there are still "a good number of disagreements" with President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE on immigration and spending.

Schumer said he had "a long and detailed meeting" with Trump at the White House that covered all the "major outstanding issues," but failed to reach an agreement.

"We made some progress but we still have a good number of disagreements. The discussion will continue," Schumer said outside the Capitol.
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After he returned to the Capitol, Schumer huddled in his office with Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinThe Hill's Campaign Report: Who will Biden pick to be his running mate? Don't count out Duckworth in Biden VP race Schumer: Trump should want COVID-19 deal to help GOP election chances MORE (Ill.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP lawmaker: Democratic Party 'used to be more moderate' White House not optimistic on near-term stimulus deal Sunday shows - Stimulus debate dominates MORE (Calif.).

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynFrustration builds as negotiators struggle to reach COVID-19 deal Chamber of Commerce endorses Ernst for reelection Mini-exodus of Trump officials from Commerce to lobby on semiconductors MORE (R-Texas), the Republican whip, said Trump told Schumer to work out his differences with GOP leadership.

"The president told him to go back and talk to [Speaker] Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDemocratic super PAC quotes Reagan in anti-Trump ad set to air on Fox News: 'Are you better off?' Trump lashes out at Reagan Foundation after fundraising request The Memo: Trump's grip on GOP loosens as polls sink MORE and Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP scrambles to fend off Kobach in Kansas primary Meadows: Election will be held on November third Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency MORE and work it out," said Cornyn, recounting a conversation he had White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE.

The failure to reach a deal at the White House increases the likelihood of the first government shutdown since 2013.

GOP senators who gathered for a lunch meeting Friday said they would wait for the outcome of the White House talks before determining their next steps. They now must decide whether to go forward with a vote to advance a House-passed funding bill that would keep the federal government operating until Feb. 16.

Democratic leaders have said they have the votes in the Senate to block that bill, which they oppose because it does not include a deal to protect illegal immigrants who came to the country as children from deportation.

White House Budget Director Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyFauci says positive White House task force reports don't always match what he hears on the ground Bottom line White House, Senate GOP clash over testing funds MORE told reporters earlier in the day that the administration was preparing for a shutdown, which he gave a 50-50 chance of happening.

Mulvaney said the administration would try to mitigate the impact of expired federal spending by carrying forward funding and using transfer authority.

He also said the national parks, which closed during the last shutdown in 2013, will remain open.

“We’re going to manage the shutdown differently. We’re not going to weaponize it,” he said.

Earlier Friday, McConnell (R-Ky.) slammed Democrats and accused then of holding important federal priorities hostage.

“This is completely unfair and uncompassionate for my Democratic colleagues to filibuster government funding, harm our troops, and jeopardize health coverage for nine million children because extreme elements of their base want illegal immigration to crowd out every other priority,” he said.

Republicans have considered forcing a vote on the House bill to put Democratic senators up for reelection on the spot.

But Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - At loggerheads, Congress, White House to let jobless payout lapse Overnight Defense: Senate poised to pass defense bill with requirement to change Confederate base names | Key senator backs Germany drawdown | Space Force chooses 'semper supra' as motto Democrats call for expedited hearing for Trump's public lands nominee MORE (D-Mont.), who faces a tough reelection in state Trump won by 20 points, doubled down on his opposition to the House bill in a floor speech Friday afternoon.

He said the bill doesn’t do enough to fund community health centers or fund hospitals that participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

“We’re almost four months into the” fiscal year,” he said. “Why wasn’t something done?” referring to the lack of action on his funding priorities.

“We need to do our job,” he said, arguing against funding the government with a series of stopgap measures.

Congress had a deadline to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program at the start of the current fiscal year, which began on Oct. 1.

Updated 3:32 p.m. Jordain Carney contributed.