USA could use government shutdown

Lauren Perry
May 6, 2017

President Donald Trump Tuesday appeared to call for a government shutdown later this year, probably in September, in response to a bipartisan funding deal that was expected to be voted on and set to be passed by Congress by the end of this week.

Republicans were surprised by tweets from Trump on Tuesday that suggested he was initially unhappy with the measure and might provoke a government shutdown this fall in hopes of getting his way on the wall and other demands.

If the House and Senate do pass the spending bill this week as expected, it will fund government operations through the close of its fiscal year on September 30.

In less than 24 hours, President Donald Trump has moved from praising a bipartisan agreement on government funding to issuing a shutdown threat-all over media coverage favorable to Democrats.

"That's just not constructive. Those are the kinds of things that should never happen, and.it's damaging to our credibility", Mr Corker said. "It's damaging to trust here within the (Capitol) building", he said.

Trump marked his 100th day in office on Saturday and used last week to argue that he has made major progress in rolling back federal regulations and improving the climate for job creation.

"After years of an administration that failed to get serious on border security, this bill provides the largest border-security funding increase in a decade", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a key negotiator.

He says the bill "is a clear win for the American people".

MULVANEY: Oh. All right, let's try this. "I'm encouraged we're continuing to invest in medical research".

The two officials said Trump and Kelly had planned to address Democratic claims head on at the signing of the omnibus bill - particularly with regard to the border wall - but some of Trump's senior advisers outside the communications shop pushed for Mulvaney and Kelly to make the case Tuesday instead. They kept money flowing to sanctuary cities and Planned Parenthood, they earned budget hikes for the National Endowment for the Arts and a sizable list of other domestic programs, and they secured a bailout for Puerto Rico's Medicaid program.

"We've got a lot to do between now and September".

Mr. Mulvaney said he didn't anticipate a government shutdown in September, but he understood the president's frustration over Democrats "spiking the ball" after negotiating with them in good faith, and that a shutdown could happen if they didn't "behave any better". Democrats want to shut down the government. We. either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%.

Trump's tweet said the compromise had to be negotiated because Republicans don't have the 60 votes necessary in the chamber to pass their own plan. Fifteen Democrats and 103 Republicans voted against it.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday most of the senators now do not want to do away with the 60-vote threshold needed to stop filibusters on most legislation.

Republicans last forced a government closure in 2013 for 17 days.

Negotiators on the bill say it looks pretty much like the measure would have looked like if it had been ironed out past year under Obama - save for Trump's add-ons for the Pentagon and the border.

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