With Friday’s deadline approaching, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney hit the Sunday morning news shows to let the American people know that the nonsensical and hurtful government shutdown they just endured might be back for another round.
Mulvaney told Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press that “you absolutely cannot” rule out another government shutdown this week, adding, “and you cannot take $5.7 [billion] off the table” for Trump’s wall. But he did signal that those dollars are up for negotiations: “But if you end up someplace in the middle, yeah, then what you probably see is the president say, ‘Yeah, OK, and I’ll go find the money someplace else.’”
THIS MORNING: Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney tells @chucktodd he "absolutely cannot" rule out the possibility of another government shutdown over border security negotiations. #MTP pic.twitter.com/tYJBGAECFT
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A bipartisan group of Democrats and Republicans met at Camp David last week and attempted to cut a deal that would prevent a second partial shutdown but couldn’t get it done. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) said he’s still holding out hope telling Fox News Sunday, “I’m not confident we’ll get there [a deal by Monday]. I’m hoping we’ll get there.”
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But the two parties remain at odds. Democrats want to curb detentions by Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) while Republicans want to reinforce the agency, but the sticking points are both hugely symbolic for both parties, which is why they still haven’t reached an agreement and why one appears less and less likely.
As House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) said on ABC’s This Week, “The numbers are all over the place. I think the big problem here is this has become pretty much an ego negotiation. And this really isn’t over substance.”