Mulvaney: No one itching for shutdown

President Trump’s former chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Monday poured cold water on the idea that some in Congress want to shut down the government, saying serious efforts are being made to avoid the consequences. .

The government faces split funding deadlines of March 1 and March 8, with only days left before parts of the government run out of money and little sign of work on a spending bill. .

“I described shutdown mania. There are people on the hill who want to shut down, and they want to argue that they want to put up a fight, but then things tend to fall apart, so they end up shutting down.” We’re not going to do it,”’ Mulvaney said in an interview with Blake Berman on “The Hill on NewsNation” on Monday.

“Now it’s the other way around,” he said. “I don’t know that there are that many people on the Hill who are really itching for closure.”

Democrats and Republicans are divided over funding the government, with Democrats pushing for a foreign aid package and Republican lawmakers pushing for border security measures. A bipartisan agreement that included both issues was rejected by House Republicans earlier this month.

“Generally speaking, the center of gravity is, ‘Let’s get something done.’ But the chances of it being closed are much higher than normal simply because the place is so broken right now,” Mulvaney said. he said.

He added that the probability of closure was “more than 50 percent,” but said any closure would likely be short-lived. He compared it to the one-day government shutdown in 2017 that he oversaw as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

“It’s going to take a few days because they can’t get their act together,” he said.

President Biden is scheduled to host a meeting of the leaders of the House and Senate on Tuesday to discuss keeping the government open. Mulvaney said he doesn’t think that will change the negotiations.

“I don’t think the White House meeting will change things, because if Mike Johnson wants to keep his job, he’s going to talk about border security, not funding the government,” Mulvaney said.

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