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Mulvaney: Functioning Gov't Likely Done for 2018

Budget director says 'very possible' shutdown will last into the new Congress
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2018 9:41 AM CST
In this March 22, 2018, file photo, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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(Newser) – It was already looking unlikely that all Congress and the White House wanted for Christmas was an open government, and now Mick Mulvaney is signaling that the government could stay shuttered until 2019, reports the Washington Post. "It’s very possible that this shutdown will go beyond the 28th and into the new Congress," the White House budget director told Fox News Sunday, adding that "This is what Washington looks like when you have a president who refuses to sort of go along to get along."

Mulvaney says the White House made Democrats an offer that backed off the $5 billion President Trump had been demanding for the border wall, and that "the ball is in their court." Democrats grab the gavel in the House on Jan. 3, and Nancy Pelosi says she'll push through a spending bill as soon as it's in her hand. That bill would drop $1.3 billion on border security and $0 on Trump's wall. (Read more government shutdown stories.)

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