House and Senate Republicans are hoping President Trump can help them ease the passage of a critical spending deal for fiscal year 2018 that faces possible derailment by both conservatives and Democrats.
Trump has scheduled a high-stakes meeting on Thursday with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as well as top Republican leaders, to negotiate.
But an agreement between top Democrats, Republicans and the president would ensure House passage despite some conservative opposition, and it would guarantee Senate passage, where Democrats are needed to pass most legislation.
With just a few days left before funding expires, House Republicans are already working to pass a short-term spending bill.
Schumer and Democrats have pledged to oppose a spending bill that does not include language that would legalize young people who came to the United States illegally as children, although Schumer signaled he’d at least back the two-week spending deal while a longer-term plan is worked out.