January 19, 2018 / 4:41 PM / a month ago

Trump reaching out to Democrats on spending bill -aides

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - White House officials on Friday said Republican President Donald Trump has been talking to Democratic senators as well as lawmakers from his own party about the urgency of passing a spending bill to avert a government shutdown at midnight.

“He’s calling bipartisan members. He will continue to do that. He will lead on this issue,” Marc Short, the White House Legislative affairs director, said at a briefing on the potential for the government to close operations.

Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Writing by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Bill Trott

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