As U.S. agencies reopen, lawmakers disparage shutdown tactic

Posted January 28, 2019

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday said the hope is that federal employees who were furloughed or forced to work without pay during the government shutdown will receive their back pay by the end of this week.

He also said Trump will probably have to declare a national emergency if a deal can not be reached by February 15.

Democrats opposed his demand, triggering a five-week standoff that damaged the economy, hurt many federal workers and tested Americans' patience with delays to air travel, closures of national parks and other disruptions.

Mulvaney said that if the legislation Congress sends to Trump's desk was unsatisfactory, Trump could veto it, which would result in another shutdown.

"And you know, the important thing, I think, to remember here is, Democrats and Republicans cannot only reach an agreement on border security, we already have multiple times".

On Sunday, Mulvaney appeared on "Face the Nation", where when asked if the president was prepared to reinstate a shutdown if he doesn't reach a deal with lawmakers regarding border security, Mulvaney said "Yeah, actually I think he is".

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It seems, Roberts added, that "a lot of Democrats think that he capitulated here because he really came away from 35 days of a government shutdown with nothing more than he could've had at least two weeks ago, when Sen". The White House tweeted that it will be "in the coming days". Polling shows that voters largely blamed him for a shutdown that left about 800,000 federal workers without pay.

"No, I think what you've seen here is the president seeing an opportunity", he told Fox News Sunday.

The White House says Trump signed the measure after the Senate and House each passed it Friday.

Earlier Friday, Trump specified that he would reopen the government for three weeks to give negotiators more time to work out a border security compromise.

Trump, in agreeing to the end of the government closures, threatened a new government shutdown in mid-February if he can not reach a border security deal with Congress or to declare the national emergency and build the wall with unspent funds it has found throughout the government and without congressional authorization.

S&P Global Ratings said late Friday that the shutdown cost "is likely worse than what we had previously expected". The bill he signed did not provide the money Trump wanted for a barrier, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called "immoral" and has insisted Congress will not finance.

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Trump campaigned for the White House on a promise to build the wall and have Mexico pay for it.

"Build a wall. We have to have security, and if the Democrats don't do it after all this, I think the public will change against them".

Mulvaney also promised, "At the end of the day, the president is going to secure the border one way or another".

Democrats in the House had demanded a reopening of the government before any negotiations with Trump and his Republican allies on border security. "It will be perceived as such on every television monitor and screen in the country-and to deny it is to try to escape from reality, and that we ain't going to do here", Dobbs said.

As part of the deal with congressional leaders, a bipartisan committee of House and Senate lawmakers was being formed to consider border spending as part of the legislative process in the weeks ahead.

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