White House to hold briefing on possible govt shutdown

Joanna Estrada
January 19, 2018

Left-wing extremists oppose any effort to enhance border security or end troublesome immigration programs like chain migration.

White House is preparing for a government shutdown, as the chances of a short-term government funding bill passed by the Senate are dimmed, said a White House official on Friday.

"We were operating under sort of a 30 percent shutdown up until yesterday", he told CNBC. "I think the American people clearly would not expect us to act this way".

When asked about a plan B should a shutdown go into effect, Mulvaney reverted back to the White House stance of wanting to keep the government open.

Mulvaney, who was joined by White House legislative affairs director Marc Short, said that Democrats are opposing a short-term spending bill that they normally would support, noting that it's technically a "clean" bill that includes an extension to the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) - for six years - and some support the delay in some Obamacare taxes.

"They could have made the shutdown in 2013 much less impactful, but they chose to make it worse", he said. The president is planning to stick around Washington until the Senate passes a stopgap spending measure.

The Democrats' opposition is about politics, not policy, said Short.

In the breifing, both Mulvaney and Short tried to preemptively put the blame for a possible shutdown on Democrats.

"He's calling bipartisan members".

Those moves come as a clear sign that the Trump administration is trying to limit the shutdown's impact on voters (and not screw up their vacation plans) so as to minimize the political fallout of a government shutdown in a city where the GOP has unified control of the government. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has sought to extend government funding for a few days in hopes of reaching an immigration agreement and longer-term spending deal.

In the midst of the chaos, Trump appears to be doing his utmost to undermine his own party, first sending a tweet based on a Fox & Friends report that threw lawmakers into confusion, and then announcing that he would fly to Mar-a-Lago on the eve of the shutdown to attend a $100,000-a-couple fund-raiser. He also said the drama surrounding the current negotiations has been overblown. "We can deal with DACA between now and March 5, there's no reason DACA has to be dealt with this week", he continued.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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