White House Press Briefing on Potential Government Shutdown

White House Looks To Soften Shutdown Impact As It Braces For Political Fallout

That government shutdown was caused by Republicans in the House and Senate refusing to fund the government unless Obamacare was repealed.

Democrats hope to use the threat of holding back funding for America's military members to force Republicans to accept amnesty for a large population of illegal aliens. No reason you have to deal with DACA before the middle of February.

Acosta, noting Mulvaney referred to the situation as the "Schumer shutdown" at the outset of the briefing-the term is also a Twitter hashtag-asked how it could be the Democrats' fault when the GOP controls the White House and both houses of Congress. We were operating under a sort of 30 percent shutdown up until yesterday, I think it's ratcheted up now.

However, the fight to get the bill through Congress is not over yet.

"I'm handicapping it now at some place between 50 and 60%", Mulvaney said. We've had our meeting just about a half an hour ago, a teleconference with a bunch of agencies to tell them to start to implement their lapse plan, the next step in preparing for a lapse in funding, that's what we call a shutdown, the formal name of it. But again we're planing for it as if it's 100 percent.

Senate Democrats have insisted that as part of the government funding process lawmakers resolve the legal status of the more than 700,000 people brought to the U.S. illegally as children who had been protected under the Obama era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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"Come on, you know the answer to that as well as anybody". They like the six-year extension to CHIP, and many of them like the delays to things like the medical device tax. "The border patrol will still go to work, they will not get paid".

"One of the criticisms they made of folks like me is that I was inserting non-financial issues into an appropriations process, which is exactly what's happening now".

Mulvaney said there was no need to deal with DACA-which expires March 5- this week.

Republicans could try to pass a CR on a simple majority vote in the Senate, but they won't because they don't don't have 50 votes for their own CR.

President Donald Trump was scheduled to head to Mar-a-Lago this weekend, though the White House has announced that he won't leave Washington until Congress passes a spending bill.

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