Mnuchin: White House has no intention for a shutdown

Mnuchin: White House has no intention for a shutdown
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The administration is not planning to shut down the government as negotiations over funding President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE’s border wall rush toward a Nov. 21 deadline, said Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinCommerce Department withdraws Huawei rule after Pentagon pushback: reports  Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — Bezos phone breach raises fears over Saudi hacking | Amazon seeks to halt Microsoft's work on 'war cloud' | Lawmakers unveil surveillance reform bill On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Mnuchin says officials working on new tax cuts | Watchdog charges former execs over Wells Fargo accounts scandal | Study questions Biden, Sanders tax plan claims MORE.
 
 
Wall funding has become the central obstacle for passing bills to fund the government and avoid a shutdown. 
 
Last year, the same issue led to a 35-day shutdown, the longest in the nation's history. Trump has been seen as the wild card in the negotiations, and Mnuchin’s participation in Thursday’s meeting and insistence that a shutdown is not in the books raises the chances of things going smoothly. 
 
Negotiators in the meeting agreed to find a solution on how to allocate funds between the government’s agencies by Wednesday. 
 
Democrats have objected to drawing funds from health-related bills to fund the wall in the Homeland Security bill. 
 
But negotiators now seem intent to strike a deal on the allocations and work out details on the wall and other disagreements later. 
 
Next week, the House is set to vote on a four-week stopgap measure to avert a shutdown and postpone the deadline for passing full funding measures until just before the Christmas holiday. 
 
Jordain Carney contributed