(NationalSentinel) Congress:Â Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday that President Donald J. Trump does not see a government shutdown as good thing generally speaking, but it could be if it results in correctingÂ Congress’ broken budgeting and appropriations process.
As notedÂ byÂ Breitbart News, Mulvaney told reportersÂ a government shutdown could be â€œgoodâ€ if it â€œfixes Washington, D.C. permanently.â€
A clearly frustrated TrumpÂ Trump tweeted out on Tuesday, â€œeither elect more Republican Senators in 2010 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good â€œshutdownâ€ in September to fix mess!â€
either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2017
Mulvaney was asked to explain Trump’s text about a shutdown being “good.”
â€œItâ€™s not desirable â€¦ But you asked me what a good one would look like, and a good one would be something that fixes Washington, D.C. permanently,” he responded.
He stated further thatÂ the reason there is a discussion about a shutdown every few months â€œis because the appropriations process is broken.â€ He said the â€œthe way itâ€™s supposed to work, and it used to workâ€ is when “the HouseÂ passes an appropriations bill on a topic, the Senate then passes a bill on the same issue, before it goes to the conference committee, before that bill is placed on the presidentâ€™s desk.â€
Mulvaney said that, since he has worked in the government, this process has â€œnever workedâ€ the way itâ€™s supposed to.
He noted further:
I donâ€™t think it has functioned for the last decade.Â Iâ€™ve been here since 2011 and it has never worked. We want to get back to that process. But the reason we canâ€™t get back to that process is because the Senate is requiring 60 votes on every single appropriations bill and that is forcing this discussion on continuing resolutions â€” which is a bad way to run the government â€” and forcing a discussion on shutdowns which is simply not productive.
The president wants to see Washington better, get better, get fixed, change the way it does business.
He’s right, of course. The Senate’s arcane rules are out of step with the modern political processes. Thanks to the hyper-partisanship heaped on the country largely by the Left,Â the 60-vote threshold in the upper chamber is unrealistic and has become an impediment to getting the important things done – like getting rid of a health care scheme that is destroying the system andÂ passing a budget.
Some see the threshold as a necessary check on the majority, but why does there have to beÂ another check on the majority? That’s what the House, the Executive Branch and the Judicial Branch are for. If the minority wants to govern, they need to figure out how to win more elections.
Meantime, the American people are stuck with this lousy process – and a majority party that loses even when it wins elections.