New acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney spoke to Chris Wallace of FOX News this week about the government shutdown, the wall, and how long this could go on. According to Mulvaney, this is all about the Senate at this point.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Mulvaney on Government Shutdown: The Ball Is in the Senate’s Court
White House budget director and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday the ball is in the Senate’s court when it comes to resolving the partial government shutdown.
“We have been talking to [Senate Minority Leader Chuck] Schumer, the bill right now is in the Senate, the ball is in the Senate’s court. Any bill that comes out of the Senate on this topic will have to have 60 votes, have to have Democrats’ support,” Mulvaney told “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace…
“A couple of different things, government shutdown on a Sunday anyway, they shut down tomorrow anyway because the federal holiday and then Christmas is another federal holiday, so Thursday is the first day this kicks in,” Mulvaney said. “The paychecks will go out on the 28th. I want everybody to understand, no one is working without getting paid. The next pay period that is impacted is January 11. I think it’s very possible that the shutdown will be on the 28th and into the new Congress.”
Before the shutdown, Democratic leaders urged Trump to agree to a one-year resolution to keep border wall funding at the current $1.3 billion level or agree to $1.6 billion in funding. Mulvaney revealed Trump gave a counteroffer to Democrats that was between $1.6 billion and $5 billion.
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One thing is sure. Trump should stick to his guns and not back down on this.