Trump's tweet sparks fears of a looming government shutdown

Federal Times: WASHINGTON — Another round of political fights between the president and congressional Democrats has raised the possibility of a partial government shutdown in December, potentially disrupting Pentagon operations and military paychecks.

Lawmakers need to settle on a budget extension by Dec. 8 — the day a continuing resolution currently funding government operations expires — or risk a shutdown of all but essential operations.

Republican and Democratic leaders were scheduled to sit down Tuesday afternoon with President Donald Trump to discuss a path ahead, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., opted to skip the meeting after Trump took to Twitter to criticize them.

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