Mulvaney blames prolonged shutdown on Pelosi’s refusal to negotiate

Mulvaney blames prolonged shutdown on Pelosi’s refusal to negotiate
Mick Mulvaney, the next White House chief of staff, isn’t waiting to officially assume his new responsibilities to go after Democrats who are standing in the way of American progress.

On Friday, Mulvaney called out House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi during a candid interview with the hosts of Fox and Friends, accusing the California progressive of putting her own political ambitions above America’s best interests by forcing the government shutdown into its second week.

Self before country
According to the acting chief of staff, Pelosi has refused to end the government shut down and fund a portion of President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall because she doesn’t want to look weak in front of her Democratic colleagues — a situation that could ultimately cause Pelosi to lose her party’s upcoming vote for House speaker.

“Nancy Pelosi cannot be seen by her party as being weak on negotiating with Donald Trump. So we fully expect that until she’s elected speaker and has locked that vote up, we don’t expect to hear from the Democrats again. They told us last night that they were not countering our last offer,” he explained.

During ongoing negotiations, congressional Democrats offered to fund $1.3 billion for security fencing — well short of Trump’s $5 billion demand that triggered a government shutdown just before Christmas. A Department of Homeland Security report projected that the cost of funding the complete wall would exceed $21 billion.

Mulvaney, who currently serves as the White House budget director, intimated that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) may be willing to make a deal with Republicans, but Pelosi stands in the way of any bipartisan arrangement.  However, he pointed out that both leading Democrats supported border security — along with a wall — along the U.S. southern border before Trump took office.
“This is a crazy discussion to be having. It seems like Democrats really like border security when there’s a Democrat in office, and don’t like it when Donald Trump is in office,” the future chief of staff said.

Blame game
A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 47 percent of Americans hold Trump responsible for the shutdown, compared to 33 percent who believe Democrats are to blame. Trump willingly accepted responsibility for the shutdown during a televised Oval Office meeting with Pelosi and Schumer held on Dec. 11, when he said he was “proud to shut down the government for border security.”
Many Democrats, however, believe the onus for the shutdown lies with congressional Republicans. Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.), for instance, said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is responsible for refusing to bring a short-term funding bill to end the government shutdown up for a vote.

“It is outrageous that Republicans once again blocked our attempt to debate a bill to end the Trump shutdown and reopen the government,” McGovern told LifeZette on Thursday. “Federal workers should not be held hostage by the president’s demand for a useless and offensive border wall that he promised Mexico would pay for.”

McGovern may not recall that his party was willing hold federal workers hostage in early 2018 over the legal fate of just 850,000 immigrant “Dreamers” who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Democrats ended this ill-conceived shutdown after just three days, when they realized that they didn’t have the support of the American people.

Tables have turned
Democrats are set to take control of the House on Thursday, when they plan to introduce a pair of bills aimed at pressuring Republicans to end the standoff. The first of these proposals includes spending measures that will fully fund agencies like the Interior Department and the Internal Revenue Service through the end of the fiscal year in September.

The second bill funds the Department of Homeland Security for just one month and offers a paltry $1.3 billion for fencing improvements along the border that are not part of Trump’s proposed wall.

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