Though Democratic leaders have not explicitly said a solution for Dreamers needs to be attached to a government funding measure, several prominent Democratic lawmakers have said they will vote against any funding measure that doesn't include a solution for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients.
Moderate Senate Democrats - many of them on the ballot in 2018 - came together with a unified message Tuesday morning, just before President Donald Trump arrived at the Capitol to meet with the Republican Conference.
Ms Pelosi hit back on Twitter and mocked Mr McConnell and Mr Ryan for going along with President Trump's stunt.
They said: "Given that the president doesn't see a deal between Democrats and the White House, we believe the best path forward is to continue negotiating with our Republican counterparts in Congress instead". "If that happens, we will absolutely blame the Democrats", Trump said of a shutdown.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on November 28 said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are showing a "lack of seriousness" by declining to attend a meeting with President Trump. But the bill still faces hurdles in the Senate, where Republicans have just two votes to spare in their 52-48 edge over Democrats. We're going to learn very soon.
During a trip to St. Charles to try to push the GOP tax plan across the finish line, Trump told Missouri's voters that Democratic Sen.
The tweet was jarring to Democrats, given that Trump had briefly struck a nascent deal with them a few months ago to discuss protecting young undocumented immigrants. "They're going all over Asia but they're stopping because they now want to take advantage of what's happening and what we're about to pass hopefully", he said. Ryan, McConnell, and Mattis were positioned on other ends of the otherwise empty table.
"This week's vote can be the beginning of the next great chapter for the American worker", Trump added.
In summation, Trump has way more to say on a perceived slight from his political opponents than on a threat to the nation's existence. Lawmakers would like to pass a spending measure to fund the government through the rest of the 2018 fiscal year, which goes through September 30.
Next, it was Senate Democratic leadership's turn to get in front of the cameras and spin their side. And Democrats want to reach a deal regarding that program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, as part of the year-end negotiations.
Republicans claim they need to pass a tax overhaul package to prove they should maintain control of both chambers. "Not only put at jeopardy thousands of individuals who are on DACA, but the entire government work force right before the Christmas and Hanukkah holiday, before the New Year?"
Trump has already threatened retribution against some of the Democrats present at Tuesday's news conference who oppose the current plan.