Because Democrats politicize everything, it’s very likely that the current government shutdown could last into 2019, according to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney, who is also the incoming Acting White House chief of staff.
In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Mulvaney said that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who will likely reclaim the Speaker’s gavel in a few weeks, is intentionally stalling efforts to negotiate and resolve the partial shutdown, which began at midnight Saturday and affects one-quarter of the federal workforce.
Mulvaney also insisted that POTUS Donald Trump “refuses to go along to get along” and is not coming off his demands for $5 billion in border security funding that would include construction of a portion of his long-sought wall.
“It’s very possible this shutdown will go beyond the 28th and into the new Congress,” Mulvaney said, adding that federal workers will receive their pay through that date.
“I think there’s an implication here for Nancy Pelosi’s election for the speakership,” Mulvaney continued. “I think she’s now in that unfortunate position of being beholden to her Left wing, to where she cannot be seen as agreeing with the president on anything until after she’s Speaker.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Saturday that the upper chamber would reconvene on Dec. 27. Both Democratic and Republican sources toldÂ Fox News that the shutdown could be prolonged, though the network did not give a time estimate.
Mulvaney used an of a so-called “steel slat barrier” fencing that POTUS Trump tweeted on Friday as a potential compromise point during negotiations. The president said such a barrier would be “totally effective while at the same time beautiful.”
“That’s what we want to build,” Mulvaney said, referring to the picture in Trump’s tweet. “In the Democrats’ mind, that is not a wall. So they have offered us $1.3 billion to build the barrier that we want — but then they go on TV and say there’s no money for the wall. We’ve already told the Democrats we want to build what the president tweeted out. It doesn’t have to be a 30-foot tall concrete [wall].”
The incoming chief of staff also noted that a few weeks ago Democrats were offering $1.6 billion in wall funding, but that has since been lowered to $1.3 billion. He indicated that Democrats are “moving in the wrong direction,” likely to placate Pelosi.
“This is what Washington looks like when you have a president who refuses to go along to get along,” Mulvaney told host Chris Wallace.
The House on Friday passed a budget bill that contains $5.7 billion in funding specifically for the wall. It failed in the Senate, however, which led to the shutdown.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., claimed that Democrats “have always been” for border security, but they are pushing for “sensors” and technology — not physical security.
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