Trump budget chief predicts shutdown deal within 24 hours

 
"I think there's a deal in the next 24 hours,” he said during an interview on CNN. 
 
The government will shut down if Congress does not pass a spending bill before midnight Friday, but Mulvaney said that is not much of a hard deadline because federal offices do not reopen until Monday
 
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“I look at it more in terms of what gets done before offices are supposed to open on Monday,” he said. “And I think you’re going to see a deal.”
 
 
"He's not leaving until this is finished,” Mulvaney told reporters after his CNN appearance. 
 
The White House has voiced optimism about the prospects of averting a shutdown, even as the outcome of spending talks on Capitol Hill remains uncertain as the deadline approaches. 
 
 
Schumer, however, sounded less optimistic, saying the two sides still have a “good number of disagreements” on immigration and spending, even though progress was made.
 
Mulvaney’s tone shifted from earlier Friday, when he put the odds of a shutdown at 50-50 and claimed that Democrats should take the blame if it does.