Sen. Coons: WH Claim That Dems Want Shutdown 'Silly'

Judith Bessette
Mai 11, 2017

Despite Trump's tweets suggesting he would be willing to let USA government funding lapse later this year in an effort to pressure Democrats to agree to more of his budget priorities, top Republicans have touted this week's budget deal.

The Senate requires 60 votes to end debate for nearly any bill and Republicans only have a 52-48 edge.

To secure the confirmation of Neil M. Gorsuch, Republican leaders changed the rules on Supreme Court nominees to require only 51 votes - a simple majority.

President Donald Trump, in a pair of tweets Tuesday, lamented that GOP lawmakers had to compromise with Democrats on a bipartisan spending bill and said a "good shutdown" is needed to fix how government operates.

Mr Mulvaney, criticising Democrats for celebrating, said Mr Trump was "frustrated with the fact that he negotiated in good faith with the Democrats and they went out and tried to spike the football to make him look bad".

WASHINGTON ― If the government shuts down in September, the White House is already saying it will be the Democrats' fault ― because they had the audacity to hurt President Donald Trump's feelings.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would debate the funding bill this week and that most Republicans did not favor a change in the rules to make it easier to pass legislation without Democratic support. If he changes, we can work together.

Mulvaney said it was "only fair" to show the press what was really in the bill and how Trump cut a good deal. "That's what we got in this deal, and that's what the Democrats don't want you to know".

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"I wish he'd think twice before tweeting", McCain remarked. The truth of the matter though is now we've averted a government shutdown in a way that allows the president to fund his priorities, " Mulvaney said.

Congress is expected to vote on the five-month spending bill before midnight Friday, the deadline to prevent a partial shutdown.

"This bill is far from ideal, but it's better than how we are spending our money today, better than how we were spending our money a year ago", Republican Senator Roy Blunt said on the Senate floor. Democrats said Trump would shoulder the blame for any shutdown now.

Mulvaney said Monday that the White House will seek the full $4.1 billion in the next round.

The spending bill does not include numerous spending cuts on domestic programs Trump had sought and adds $2 billion for the National Institutes of Health, $295 million for Puerto Rico's underfunded Medicaid healthcare for the poor and $407 million for firefighting in Western states. He also cited $1.5 billion in emergency money for border security. "This includes swiftly replacing ineffective and failing fencing and walls with an unbreakable barrier", Trump said.

He correctly noted that the pending measure would be a victory for Republicans because the administration succeeded in breaking the link - forged over several Obama-era spending deals - that required that any increases in military spending be matched by an equal, dollar-for-dollar increase for nondefense programs.

"I think retrieval of his iPhone would be a good thing, and only staff-approved tweets after that", the Senator said.

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