Mulvaney: 'Very possible' shutdown will go into the new Congress

Incoming White House acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says | Supreme Court rules that large swath of Oklahoma belongs to Native American tribe WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says  Mulvaney: Trump faces difficulty if 2020 election becomes 'referendum' on him MORE on Sunday said it is "very possible" the current partial government shutdown will extend into the new Congress.

“I don’t think things are going to move very quickly here for the next couple days. … I think it’s very possible the shutdown will go beyond the 28th and into the new Congress," Mulvaney said during an interview on "Fox News Sunday."

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The new Congress, which will include a Democratic majority in the House, is set to take office on Jan. 3. 

The government has been in a partial shutdown since Saturday, with lawmakers unable to come to an agreement on President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE's demand for $5 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border.

Mulvaney added that he believes House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Justices rule Manhattan prosecutor, but not Congress, can have Trump tax records Supreme Court rulings reignite Trump oversight wars in Congress Pelosi on Baltimore's Columbus statue: 'If the community doesn't want the statue, the statue shouldn't be there' MORE's (D-Calif.) bid to be the next Speaker could be affecting negotiations over the border wall. 

"I think she’s now in that unfortunate position of being beholden to her left-wing, where she cannot be seen agreeing with the president on anything until after she’s Speaker," he said. "If that’s the case, I think there’s a chance we go into the next Congress.”

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, said in a statement that Democrats in the House "are united in their opposition to the President’s immoral, expensive and ineffective wall."

"As Mr. Mulvaney well knows, House Democrats are united in their opposition to the President’s immoral, expensive and ineffective wall. The sooner the White House recognizes the need to stop the posturing and start serious bipartisan talks, the sooner we can end the Trump Shutdown," Hammill said. 

Mulvaney, who is currently the director of the Office of Management and Budget, also said the White House has made a "counteroffer" to Democrats on the border wall of between $1.3 billion and $5 billion.

“They were at 1.3 yesterday, we were at $5 billion a couple days ago. And the counteroffer that we gave them yesterday was between those two numbers," he said.