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White House's 'heavy hand' makes government shutdown more likely

22 April 2017

Mulvaney told Bloomberg Live on Friday that White House officials have told Democrats they're willing to fund $1 in Obamacare subsidies for every $1 that's provided for the border wall as both parties look to avert a government shutdown next Friday. However, unless Congress passes a spending bill before then, the day will be blighted by a partial shutdown of the federal government as most of its departments run out of money.

Democrats responded harshly to Mulvaney's suggestion that they get in touch with the White House, noting that talks with Republicans on Capitol Hill are ongoing and that some members of the GOP don't want the White House to interfere. "So there is certainly some brinksmanship going on and this is going to take some twists and turns but, at the end of the day, I think they'll get a deal done", he says. We want (immigration) agents. Democratic and Republican lawmakers - and their staffers who've been working on this during Congress' spring break - are trying to reach agreements on several contentious issues, ranging from pensions to health care to reproductive rights.

The former SC congressman said in an interview with the Associated Press that the wall is a "tremendous priority" for the Trump administration and will be a top request on the White House wish list for spending legislation. Republicans control Congress but need substantial Democratic support on the bill, as a number of conservatives are likely to defect in the House and at least eight Senate Democrats will be needed to avoid a filibuster in the Senate.

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And he also hopes to use a spending bill to salvage victories on a U.S. -Mexico border wall, a down payment on a Pentagon buildup, and perhaps a crackdown on cities refusing to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

"We have our list of priorities". Talk of the wall hadn't come up - until Mulvaney's demand. "We want more money for defense".

"This is the first real test of whether or not the Democrats, specifically in the Senate, are interested in negotiating, interested in compromising", he said.

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Mulvaney said the White House delivered an offer to negotiators Wednesday night, with funding for the border wall a top demand.

Spicer says that the administration has made the president's priorities clear, but adds: "we're committed to not having a shutdown".

"Everything had been moving smoothly until the administration moved in with a heavy hand", he said. "Not only are Democrats opposed to the wall, there is significant Republican opposition as well".

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White House's 'heavy hand' makes government shutdown more likely