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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 TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE’s border wall rush toward a Nov. 21 deadline, said Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dem leaders back smaller COVID-19 relief bill as pandemic escalates Sweeping financial crimes bill to hitch a ride on defense measure On The Money: Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms | Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks | Poll: Most Americans support raising taxes on those making at least 0K 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