Independent topical source of current affairs, opinion and issues, featuring stories making news in Canada from immigrants, newcomers, minorities & ethnic communities' point of view and interests.

Meeting Signals: I Hope and Showdown I

meeting signals: In Washington, three months may be akin to an eternity for negotiations, but fresh off a partial but history-making January government shutdown, with animosity between House Democrats and the administration in clear view, and President Donald Trump looming as the constant legislative wild card, the meeting signals an attempt to stave off an avoidable showdown and debt ceiling debacle that would leave both Republicans and Democrats politically damaged and the country reeling from their showdown, according to Rabble. I don't know if there is any goodwill, but there is mutual self-interest so I hope they can find it, Sen. When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, White House officials and appropriators meet Wednesday afternoon, there will be fewer than 50 legislative days before the spending deadline. Roy Blunt, a Republican from Missouri and member of leadership, told CNN about the odds for an agreement. Without an agreement, automatic budget cuts from 2011 would go into effect, a result that both Republicans and Democrats agree could devastate government programs and paralyze the military. McConnell's blockade of House legislation is about to face its toughest test The meeting Wednesday will focus on raising the budget caps for both domestic and military spending. ( As reported in the news.