GOP wants commitment that Trump will sign budget deal

Senate Republicans say they want a sign directly from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE that he will support any spending and debt ceiling deal.

The push for the president to publicly say he would sign an agreement comes as Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments Bloomberg: Trump should be impeached On The Money: Congress races to beat deadline on shutdown | Trump asks Supreme Court to shield financial records from House Democrats | House passes bill to explicitly ban insider trading MORE (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Congress races to beat deadline on shutdown | Trump asks Supreme Court to shield financial records from House Democrats | House passes bill to explicitly ban insider trading Hillicon Valley: Pelosi works to remove legal protections for tech companies from USMCA | Treasury sanctions Russian group over 0 million hack | Facebook sues Chinese individuals for ad fraud | Huawei takes legal action against FCC Mnuchin to lawmakers: 'I'm highly encouraged you will' pass Trump's North America trade deal MORE are on the cusp of a two-year budget deal that would also increase the debt ceiling into 2021. 
 
 
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"Oh absolutely," Shelby said, asked if he needs a public assurance from Trump. "I think the leader would want that too." 
 
The clamor for Trump to publicly weigh in comes after they were caught flat-footed in December when the president rejected a Senate-passed continuing resolution to avoid a partial government shutdown. 
 
Senate Republicans say they received assurances from Vice President Pence that Trump would back the short-term measure and were in visible disbelief when they emerged from a closed-door lunch to find out he was rejecting their strategy. 
 
This time Mnuchin has taken the lead on negotiations with congressional Democrats, while keeping GOP leadership and other White House staffers in the loop. 
 
Shelby said he believed Pelosi and Mnuchin have an "agreement in principle" but still needed to "seal the deal." Asked what was the distinction between the two, Shelby indicated they still needed Trump to back it. 
 
"We've got to get the president on board," Shelby said. 
 
Trump and conservatives have previously rattled nerves on Capitol Hill by attacking budget and government funding bills. Conservatives fumed over a 2018 budget deal and Trump railed against a March 2018 continuing resolution, including floating that he could veto it, only to sign in. 
 
 
"I think if the president supports it that you know most Republicans … will be on board with it — maybe not everybody in the Freedom Caucus," he added. 
 

"I think Mnuchin is doing a great job negotiating for the president, we believe that's what happening," he said. 

There are signs of concern that conservatives within the administration could try to sink a potential budget deal. 

As Mnuchin and Pelosi described themselves of being close to an agreement, an anonymous administration official accused the Speaker of engaging in "happy talk." 
 
Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law | Michigan governor seeks to pause Medicaid work requirements | New front in fight over Medicaid block grants House, Senate Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law Why a second Trump term and a Democratic Congress could be a nightmare scenario for the GOP MORE (D-N.Y.) warned on Thursday afternoon that he has concerns acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyFox's Napolitano says obstruction 'easiest' impeachment offense for Democrats The key impeachment hearings are before an appeals court, not the House Judiciary panel Schiff says investigators seeking to identify who Giuliani spoke to on unlisted '-1' number MORE could try to sink an agreement. 
 
"You always worry because Mulvaney is such a hard liner on these issues, that you always worry. But we'll see. Let's hope. Let's hope that cooler heads prevail and we come to an agreement soon," Schumer said. 
 
Shelby repeatedly demurred when pressed directly about if he had concerns Mulvaney or the Office of Management and Budget were trying to undercut Mnuchin. 
 
But asked if thought Trump should listen to the Treasury secretary or his acting chief of staff, Shelby sided with Mnuchin, who he called a "voice of reason" within the negotiations. 
 
"I think he should listen to the secretary," Shelby said. "I think the secretary has been forthcoming ... and is trying to avoid a catastrophe on the debt limit."