Mulvaney on Republican opposition to funding bill: ‘What difference does it make?’

Mulvaney on Republican opposition to funding bill: ‘What difference does it make?’
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White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE on Sunday argued that it makes no difference that some GOP senators oppose a bill to fund the government, because it needs Democratic support.

“Until you have at least nine Democrats, we cannot open the government. Short of nine, what difference does it make? Without Democrats, the government is not opening,” Mulvaney said, pressed on "Fox News Sunday" about the lack of GOP unity backing a recent funding bill.

Four Republican senators voted against the GOP bill to fund the government. It failed to pass the Senate on Friday night, leading to a partial government shutdown.

Five Democrats voted for the bill, but Mulvaney argued that Democrats are responsible for the shutdown because they haven't shown more bipartisan support.

“This is pure politics on their part. Where are the Democrats who say one thing back home and do another?” Mulvaney said.

Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the White House. Mulvaney noted that Republicans need nine Democrats to reach the 60-vote threshold required in the Senate — although that would only be the case if every Republican senator backed the bill under debate.

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The government shutdown stretched into its second day on Sunday, with few signs of Republicans and Democrats reaching a quick agreement to continue funding. Democrats have vowed not to support a funding bill without assurances on addressing immigration reform, something Republicans have declined to include in a funding bill.

Democrats say they offered President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic On The Money: Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban | Trump attorney says he will fight release of tax returns Lack of transatlantic cooperation on trade threatens global climate change goals MORE a deal on funding his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall during a meeting on Friday that the president rejected.

Mulvaney on Sunday charged that Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) offered authorization, not appropriated funding, for the wall. He alleged that Schumer didn't intend to deliver his promise.

Mulvaney previously accused Schumer of “mischaracterizing” his meeting with Trump. Schumer’s office hit back, saying Mulvaney was not telling the truth.