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They changed course Friday after Democrats forced a formal vote on adjournment. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, said lawmakers have not completed their work and should not leave Washington.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that Democrats will get the blame for a partial government shutdown that looks increasingly likely.
The Kentucky Republican says Senate Democrats will “own” the shutdown because they oppose a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open for a month.
The Trump administration is minimizing the looming budget crisis that could produce a government shutdown, saying former President Barack Obama “weaponized” hardcore negotiating tactics.
Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters that any such shuttering of the government would “look very different” from the 16 day government closure in 2013 under Obama. He said the previous administration “weaponized” the government shutdown in budget negotiations and did not encourage agencies to lessen the impact with unobligated funds.
He says, “they chose to make it worse.”
Mulvaney and Marc Short, the White House legislative director,
spoke as the Republican controlled Congress battled through budget negotiations in the shadow of a midnight deadline.
As a government shutdown loomed, the White House said Friday that President Donald Trump would not leave for a planned weekend in Florida unless a spending bill passes.
Trump had been set to leave Friday afternoon to celebrate the one year anniversary of his inauguration at his Palm Beach estate.
White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is putting the chances of a government shutdown at “between 50 and 60 percent.”
Mulvaney spoke to reporters at the White House Friday as the prospect of a shutdown loomed. He said he was “handicapping it” between 50 and 60 percent. But, he added, “we’re planning for it as though it’s 100 percent.”
After the House passed a four week, government wide spending bill, Senate Democrats vowed a filibuster unless there’s a deal to protect certain young immigrants.