January 19, 2018 / 5:48 PM / 10 months ago

Senator Schumer heads to White House to meet Trump amid shutdown danger

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks after the Democratic policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 9, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer was heading to the White House on Friday to meet President Donald Trump to discuss ways to avert a government shutdown, a source familiar with the situation said.

Trump, a Republican, telephoned Schumer to invite him to the White House, the source said. The U.S. Congress faced a midnight deadline to come up with funding legislation to avoid federal agency shutdowns.

Reporting by Susan Cornwell

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