Congressional leaders, White House officials to meet Wednesday on spending

Congressional leaders, White House officials to meet Wednesday on spending
© Greg Nash

Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress will meet Wednesday with senior White House officials in another attempt to reach a deal on raising spending caps and the federal debt ceiling.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyMcConnell support for election security funds leaves Dems declaring victory Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg courts critics on Capitol Hill | Amazon makes climate pledge | Senate panel approves 0M for state election security House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November MORE (R-Ala.) said Tuesday that he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Energy: California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule | Climate strike protests hit cities across globe | Interior watchdog expands scope of FOIA investigation | Dems accuse officials of burying climate reports Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts Liberal super PAC launches browser extension replacing 'Mitch McConnell' with 'Moscow Mitch' MORE (R-Ky.) will meet with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden blasts Trump, demands he release transcript of call with foreign leader Pelosi wants to change law to allow a sitting president to be indicted Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Walmart to stop selling e-cigarettes | Senators press FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately | House panel tees up e-cig hearing for next week MORE (D-Calif.) Wednesday afternoon.

ADVERTISEMENT

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts Lawmakers say Zuckerberg has agreed to 'cooperate' with antitrust probe MORE (R-Calif.) and the top Republicans and Democrats from the Appropriations committees — Shelby, Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg courts critics on Capitol Hill | Amazon makes climate pledge | Senate panel approves 0M for state election security Senate committee approves 0 million for state election security efforts Senate panel approves three spending bills MORE (D-Vt.), Rep. Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyHouse votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November The Hill's Morning Report - Pompeo condemns Iran for 'act of war' while Trump moves with caution Two years after Maria, Puerto Rico awaits disaster funds MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerHouse votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November Lobbying world House approves bill increasing federal worker pay MORE (R-Texas) — will also attend, according to a congressional aide briefed on the meeting.

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOvernight Defense: Trump hits Iranian central bank with sanctions | Trump meeting with Ukrainian leader at UN | Trump touts relationship with North Korea's Kim as 'best thing' for US Trump says he's sanctioning Iran's national bank Lawmakers run into major speed bumps on spending bills MORE, acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump judicial picks face rare GOP opposition Trump administration asks Supreme Court to take up challenge to consumer bureau NOAA chief praises agency scientists after statement backing up Trump tweet MORE and Office of Management and Budget acting Director Russ Vought will represent the administration.

The meeting follows a phone conversation Shelby had with Pelosi on Saturday on how to move the stalled talks forward.

“We’re going to meet tomorrow afternoon with Pelosi, I guess in the Speaker’s office. I got a notice an hour or so ago,” Shelby said Tuesday. “We’re having positive discussions."

Congressional leaders and senior administration officials announced progress when they met shortly before the Memorial Day recess.

Mnuchin said last week that the White House now supports combining a spending deal with legislation to raise the debt limit.

One outstanding difference between congressional leaders and the White House is over whether to raise statutory spending caps for the next two fiscal years or just for 2020.

The White House has indicated it would prefer a shorter deal that's likely to have a smaller impact on the federal deficit.