Congressional leaders from both parties and senior White House officials emerged from a meeting in Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters Buttigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave Judge to hear Trump's case against Jan. 6 committee in November MORE’s (D-Calif.) Wednesday afternoon without a deal on raising spending caps and the debt limit.
Congress and the White House have a few more months to go before the new fiscal year starts on Oct. 1, but lawmakers are eager to take the prospect of another government shutdown off the table sooner rather than later.
“Talks broke down today because Pelosi and Schumer refused to come one dollar off absurdly expensive House appropriations bills, which can’t pass the Senate and would be vetoed,” the official said. “Democrats obviously don’t want a deal and are just playing press games.”
If an agreement isn’t reached to raise the spending caps, an automatic sequestration of government funds could lower government funding levels by some 10 percent in January.
Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyJan. 6 committee issues latest round of subpoenas for rally organizers The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - To vote or not? Pelosi faces infrastructure decision Jan. 6 panel subpoenas 11, including Pierson, other rally organizers MORE said after the meeting that Democrats had increased their ask for non-defense spending, from $639 billion to $647 billion.
“The House is going to proceed with its regular order and hopefully we can move the senate to regular order. A one-year CR is bad policy, it’s bad politics and it’s a fallback,” he said. “We should be negotiating a bill …. We want to do better.”