Monday, 20 November, 2017

US needs September 'shutdown' to fix Senate 'mess'

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One senior administration official said Trump was "not happy" as he watched Democrats claim victory in the budget negotiations, and a second senior administration official said Trump was baffled that Democrats felt they could claim victory.

The statement arrived on the eve of a House vote on the measure.

That prompted the White House to send Kelly and Mulvaney out to push back on Democrats' messaging.

Schumer was referring to some of the provisions the White House could not secure in the spending package, including funding for Trump's proposed border wall and the requested increase in defense spending. Clearly, Republicans in Congress and the White House are not on the same page.

They're insisting that it represents a win for the administration. One of the biggest campaign promises-the construction of a wall bordering Mexico-had to be put off yet again, because the budget deal does not include any funding for it.

President Donald Trump said a government shutdown and a change in Senate rules might be needed to get his budget priorities through Congress, comments that came as the White House tried to bat down suggestions that Democrats were the winners in the recent short-term spending deal. Leaving Washington whipsawed, Trump hours later praised the spending bill as a major accomplishment. "And the notion that he thinks it would be better to shut down the government than reach a compromise on spending, a bipartisan compromise". Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning.

Votes on the Dollars $1.1tn budget deal which would fund the government through September are expected this week.

Despite concessions on issues like border wall funding, Trump says at a U.S. Air Force Academy Commander-in-Chief trophy presentation that, "our Republican team had its own victory - under the radar".

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"We have more money now for the border than we've gotten in 10 years", he said. He has stopped pressing Congress to fund the wall this go around, saying he would wait until September to ask Congress for a down payment. "Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September". "That's a tremendous development for this president, and a huge win from a negotiating standpoint". "They were desperate to make this administration look like it couldn't function".

In the Bloomberg interview, Trump indicated that he didn't want to see a shutdown -- at least not this month.

Mulvaney added, "We've got a lot to do between now and September". A major blow came when Republican moderate Rep. Fred Upton of MI announced he'd vote against it out of concern it doesn't do enough to cover patients with pre-existing conditions. "And when they work with us, it's great". "We don't have the votes but we're nearly there".

Some members of the GOP reacted diplomatically, with Sen.

President Donald Trump said he supports a government shutdown.

Republicans hold 52 seats in the 100-seat U.S. Senate."The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there!"

"It would fundamentally change the way the Senate has worked for a very long time", McConnell said.

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