A person close to funeral planning told the Post that while the family had pure motives in inviting the Trumps, they also wanted to ensure the funeral was carried out according to the family's wishes, including the use of Air Force One to carry his remains to and back from Washington, D.C.
The measure, which includes funding for the Homeland Security and Interior departments and other federal agencies, would push a showdown over funding for a wall on the southern border to December 21.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) predicted that Congress will avoid a government shutdown, even though President Trump has continued to threaten a government shutdown over wall funding.
Congress is trying to come up with how to deal with Trump's call for $5 billion to fund the wall on the US-Mexico border. He did not provide any evidence for the savings, but again threatened to close the "entire Southern Border if necessary".
A December 7 partial government shutdown had appeared possible, but Trump told reporters on Air Force One Saturday he would be willing to sign a two-week government funding extension to allow for ceremonies honoring former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday.
Sen. Charles Schumer of NY and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the two Democratic leaders, also asked the president to postpone a scheduled meeting today that would have touched upon the spending debate, according to a Democratic aide.
While Democrats would have preferred a one-week bill, they will not object to approving the two-week stopgap, according to a Democratic aide. The meeting has been tentatively rescheduled for December 11, said a White House official who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The country shouldn't have to endure a shutdown over "Trump's temper tantrum", Schumer said last week.
The Senate Homeland Security appropriations bill, which was reported but never brought to the Senate floor, includes $1.6 billion for "approximately 65 miles of pedestrian fencing along the southwest border in the Rio Grande Valley Sector". Chuck Schumer of NY and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, to the White House for a meeting Tuesday, officials said.
A group of border-state House Democrats sent Schumer a letter last week expressing opposition to any funding for the wall, which they said would separate local communities and antagonize Mexico.
"I think a lot of them would want to pass our appropriation bills", Shelby said.
Without action by Congress, federal agencies including the Department of Agriculture, State Department and Department of Homeland Security would find themselves without any money to pay employees and administer programs through the fiscal year that ends next September 30. The current spending agreement expires on Friday.