President Trump’s acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday the ball is in the U.S. Senate’s court when it comes to resolving the partial government shutdown. Mulvaney was on with Chris Wallace and was spot on with his comments about how this is in the Senate’s court and how there’s no need to freak out over the shutdown.
“We have been talking to Schumer, the bill right now is in the Senate, the ball is in the Senate’s court. Any bill that comes out of the Senate on this topic will have to have 60 votes, have to have Democrats’ support.”
Congress couldn’t avoid the shutdown of the government on Friday at midnight because they were unable to pass the funding bill. President Trump wants $5 billion for the wall but Democrats have refused to support the funding.
Mulvaney made sure he was clear on payment for federal workers because the left is fearmongering like crazy to make it seem like Trump is the Christmas Scrooge who isn’t paying the workers.
“A couple of different things, government shutdown on a Sunday anyway, they shut down tomorrow anyway because the federal holiday and then Christmas is another federal holiday so Thursday is the first day this kicks in. The paychecks will go out on the 28th. I want everybody to understand, no one is working without getting paid. The next pay period that is impacted is January 11. I think it’s very possible that the shutdown will be on the 28th and into the new Congress.”
Wallace speculated what a compromise on the funding would look like but Mulvaney wasn’t about to let the cat out of the bag and tell their bottom line.
“I’m not going to tell you what our bottom line is. They are at 1.3, yesterday. We were at $5 billion a couple days ago and the counter offer that we gave them yesterday was in-between those two.”
Mulvaney is the budget director and the acting Chief of Staff so he knows his math on this. He’s quick and very smart so it’s great that he’s in the position he’s in right now to help the president.