Trump budget chief predicts shutdown deal within 24 hours
White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney predicted Congress will reach a deal to avoid a government shutdown within the next day.
“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.
“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.”
The budget chief said President Trump would not leave Washington for his planned weekend trip to South Florida until the spending deadlock is broken.
“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.
Trump hailed an “excellent” meeting with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) earlier Friday and declared progress toward resolving the impasse.
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.
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