Mick Mulvaney: “Shutdown Could Last For Weeks Thanks To The Democrats”

    Update: Amid reports that Trump hasn’t spoken with Chuck Schumer since Friday, Sen. Dick Durban refused to offer a prediction about when the shutdown might end.

    “I’m not going to make that prediction,” Durbin said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

    “We’re going to look every minute of every day,” Durbin said on Sunday, adding that he wanted President Trump to get involved in the negotiation process.

    Durbin added he feels there are “positive conversations” happening amid the negotiations (even if the president and the minority leader aren’t participants in those conversations).

    The shutdown is set to impact workers on Monday, many of which will be furloughed if they are deemed non-essential by the government.

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    While Congressional leaders and the White House have assured the public that the federal government shutdown that technically began at 12:01 am ET Saturday morning could be over within 24 hours, Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget and a key player in the White House’s negotiations, told Fox News Sunday what many – including us – expect will be the case: The government shutdown could persist for weeks…

    Mulvaney said Democrats want to keep the government shut for Trump’s Jan. 30 State of the Union address. The beginning of the shutdown also coincided with the anniversary of Trump’s swearing-in.

    As we’ve pointed out, both of the two most recent shutdowns lasted for two weeks or longer, per Axios.



    Mulvaney argued that the present shutdown differed from the 2013 Obama-era shutdown in that the Democrats want to support the Republicans’ stopgap.





    Mulvaney isn’t the only one who believes the shutdown will endure for at least a week, and probably longer. Goldman Sachs’s Chief Economist, Jan Hatzius, said before the shutdown began that he believed there was a “60% chance of a government shutdown, in our view, lasting anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.”

    Democrats, of course, are holding out for a deal to enshrine DACA protections for 690,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as minors in law before they agree to fund the government. On Friday, Chuck Schumer reportedly offered Trump a deal whereby Dems would vote for full military spending and full funding for Trump’s border wall if Republicans would vote ‘yes’ on DACA. Mulvaney denied that Schumer had made such an obviously attractive offer (and thanks to the backlash from left-wing media like the Washington Post editorial board, the offer would likely be withdrawn).

    Meanwhile, the Senate is holding a weekend session beginning at 1 pm, and the House will open session at 2 pm, to continue debate on the Republican’s plan. Meanwhile, an even more short term five-day deal is still being discussed in the Senate, even though House leaders have made it clear that such a bill would not pass.




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