President Trump’s schedule (EST):
No public events are scheduled.
Treasury Secretary Mnuchin will speak at 2 PM to the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in D.C. Watch it live on C-SPAN3.
Two Senate shutdown end votes will very likely fall short starting at 2:30 PM today. Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) agreed to vote first on the Republican plan as an amendment to the House-passed spending bill, H.R.268 ( CBO cost estimate), to be followed by a cloture vote on a Democratic amendment to fund the government through February 8th. Each would require 60 votes to advance.
Politico’s Playbook reported this morning:
WASHINGTON IS GETTING MORE SERIOUS ABOUT ENDING THE SHUTDOWN: Look around. SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI (D-CALIF.) and her Democratic leadership are cobbling together a $5-billion-plus border security offer — a big step for a party that said it wouldn’t negotiate with the government closed. Freshman Democrats seem more itchy to find a way to end this as the days go on.
THE WHITE HOUSE has put immigration policy changes on the table. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY.) is off the sidelines. He met privately Wednesday afternoon with HOUSE MINORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY (R-CALIF.) in McCarthy’s Capitol office. REP. MARK MEADOWS (R-N.C.) was in a private chat yesterday afternoon with HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS CHAIRWOMAN NITA LOWEY (D-N.Y.) on the House floor.
… DO NOT EXPECT A RESOLUTION THIS WEEK: The House leaves by noon today. The Senate is expected to vote down both the clean stopgap bill and the president’s plan. The House has warned lawmakers that they could be called back within 24 hours to vote.