The Democratic leaders said a number of subjects should be on the table at the meeting, which would include the Republican leaders of the House and Senate, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. But in the Senate they will need some Democratic support to get the spending bill past procedural hurdles that require 60 votes, since there are only 52 Republicans in the 100-member chamber.
The prospect of a shutdown is nothing new to Americans in recent years: The government was shuttered for 16 days in 2013 following a fight over funding for the Affordable Care Act. "Certainly Democrats will be working with our Republican colleagues in Congress to that end", he said. "I hope they won't succumb to President Trump's whim".
"Look, there's not going to be a government shutdown", McConnell said on ABC News' This Week.
President Donald Trump announced in September his plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects those young immigrants, saying it's up to Congress to pass legislation to protect them from deportation.
Republicans in the House over the weekend introduced a stopgap measure that would fund the government at current levels until December 22 to give lawmakers time to reach a deal on a longer-term bill. Bipartisan staff-level talks about spending continued on Capitol Hill, Democratic aides said.
The strategy would mean lawmakers would likely have to pass a second continuing resolution before Christmas if they still cannot get the votes they need to pass a fiscal package for next year. Senate appropriators, meanwhile, have offered a defense spending bill that exceeds the cap by $32 billion.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY didn't attend a White House meeting on November 28 to discuss these spending caps because Trump tweeted that morning that he didn't think a deal would be possible.
Mr. Trump, though, said he won't hesitate to blame Democrats for a shutdown. Andy Biggs, a Republican from Arizona, said House leaders recognized that possibility in their Friday morning meeting.
Congress, however, has yet to pass a bill on the issue - and Democrats have threatened to withhold votes from government funding bills if protections are not put in place. These steps, such as suspending some government investments, could push that deadline back until sometime in late-March or early-April 2018, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office.