(National Sentinel)Â Civics 101: White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Monday before the Senate voted on a short-term measure to reopen the federal government that it was wrong of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to blame President Donald J. Trump.
During an interview onÂ Fox News, host Bill Hemmer asked Mulvaney about the then-ongoing shutdown.
â€œI heard your lead-in where Chuck Schumer said only the president can open this government,â€ MulvaneyÂ said. â€œMr.Â SchumerÂ needs to go back and take basic civics.
“It is up to the Congress to fund the government. Not the president of the United States. Only the Democrats in the Senate right now hold the keys to opening the government,” he said.
The Senate voted 81-18 on a temporary funding bill that would reopen the government by day’s end if it passes the House, where that seems likely.
Mulvaney called for bipartisanship to get a budget passed and said that success or failure rested with Democrats.
â€œWeâ€™ve already seen four or five democrats already vote for keeping the government open,â€ he said. â€œWorking in a bipartisan fashion. We need more of those. This government cannot open again until at least nine Democrats support the measure. So itâ€™s entirely in their hands.â€
The president also would not link any Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation to the current shutdown and plans to negotiate on immigration after theÂ governmentÂ reopens, Mulvaney noted.
â€œLetâ€™s be perfectly clear where the president is. He was negotiating on DACA before the shutdown. He wants to continue discussions about DACA, but it will be after the shutdown,â€ Mulvaney concluded.
â€œWeâ€™re not going to be held hostage. We are not going to allow the Democrats to force a discussion on DACA by forcing a shutdown.â€
Political observers sat Democrats believed they were going to be harmed politically for allowing the shutdown to continue, hence the reason for the deal-making.
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