Deadline for tax bill looms amid threat of government shutdown

Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer refused to attend a White House meeting after a critical tweet from President Trump as the deadline for a deal to prevent a shutdown is just days away.
2:55 | 11/29/17

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Transcript for Deadline for tax bill looms amid threat of government shutdown
president trump. He is focused on capitol hill pushing hard to pass a tax bill to prevent a government shutdown. The deadline is nine days away. There you see him posing with empty chairs after chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi refused to attend a white house meeting after a critical tweet. The president's tax plan got a bill boost passing a key senate committee and will campaign in Missouri for it ahead of more votes later today and want to bring in Cecilia Vega for more on this right now. The president seemed pretty optimistic the tax plan will pass with more changes. Let's look at Mitch Mcconnell. More complicated. Think of sitting there with a rubik's cube trying to get to 50 and we do have a few members who have concerns and we're trying to address them and we know we would not be able to go forward until we get 50 people satisfied and that's what we're working on. Well, I don't know if you ever tried to do a rubik's cube. I have not pulled one off. That is not a clear vote of confidence from the majority leader there. They've got a long way to go. This vote was a big boost for Republicans. There are still at least six senators on the record having voiced concerns. You know this, the Republicans can only afford to lose two votes here. They have a lot of wild cards here. White house says they still think they can get this done by Christmas but in a sign of perhaps how much work they know they still need to do the president hits the road today and is going to Missouri and trying to still sell this. They have a long way to go. A long way to go but have momentum on that. Not so much on avoiding a government shutdown. The gulf of Democrats wider than ever. The clock is ticking, December 8th the government runs out of money then this stunt yesterday with the president sitting there between two empty chairs, chuck and Nancy as he likes to call them didn't show up because they were furious he taunted them with this tweet. The Republicans need the Democrats. They need their votes in order to pull off to avoid the shutdown. They don't have the votes there. The president was asked yesterday if he believed they could avoid a government shutdown. Would he blame the Democrats if, in fact, there was one. He said absolutely I would blame the Democrats and then an aide tells us they're working to avoid this. More reports out of the white house that the president is now questioning whether it's his voice on that "Access Hollywood" tape and bringing up again this whole issue of whether or not president Obama was born in the United States. There's no proof that this is not the president's voice on this "Access Hollywood" -- he apologized for it. Yes, outright apologized for it now "The New York Times" is reporting behind closed doors the president is really back to talking about conspiracy theories. He was the lead person out front on the birther movement claiming that president Obama was not born in the United States. He eventually came around to it after many, many questions, years of questioning by reporters. He said that the president was born in the states but apparently is talking about this behind closed doors now. Confounding those who work for him creating his own reality.

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