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The House is scheduled to vote Thursday on a bill that would fund the government through December 22 while lawmakers negotiate a longer spending bill.

In the Senate, any funding measure will have to clear a 60-vote threshold, meaning that GOP leaders will need at least some Democratic votes to avert a shutdown - which would be the first under unified Republican control of the government.

The delay underscored the clout that conservatives wield within the House GOP as the party aims to push legislation through the House and Senate this week to keep federal agencies functioning. They say the discussions on immigration should be part of a separate process.

Trump accused the Democratic leaders of being "all talk" and "no action".

Conservatives generally believe they will have more leverage in the negotiations over the next spending bill if the deadline is not right when lawmakers are trying to get home for the holidays. They say "we had a productive conversation on a wide variety of issues".

Earlier Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., declined to describe the status of internal GOP budget talks after House Republicans met privately to discuss their next steps.

The House Democrats' gradual retreat will likely be matched by Senate Democrats, likely postponing a debate over migration and amnesty into January or February when GOP leaders push Sen.

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The group is convening to continue negotiations on critical end-of-year spending legislation, with Democrats and Republicans deeply divided on defence and immigration priorities. "You'll see when we bring the bill to the floor". But lawmakers and President Donald Trump still have longer-range disputes to settle over spending, immigration and other issues before they can declare budget peace. Asked if he could live with a bill that runs through the end of the year, he said, "I don't think that's the best way forward".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said after returning to the Capitol that while an agreement on spending limits wasn't reached, "We agreed that we want to resolve all of these issues in the next couple of weeks".

The conservative House Freedom Caucus is pushing Ryan to try to force Democrats to accept higher military funding without any increase in domestic funding.

"It's always the load-up-the-Christmas-tree play, go get Democrat votes, bust the budget caps", Brat said of past spending showdowns when Democratic votes were needed. CHIP, which has nearly always been a bipartisan priority, expired over two months ago, but Congressional Republicans continued to play games with this vital program that helps the most vulnerable children in our society ...

Ahead of the White House meeting, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats are working in "good faith" toward a year-end deal that meets some of their priorities, including equal boosts in funding for non-defense and defense programs and a measure protecting young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

In order to raise spending levels for the military and domestic programs for a longer-term spending deal, both chambers have to reach an agreement to lift spending limits set by a 2011 law. There are also demands for money for battling opioid abuse.

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