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White House tells agencies to prepare for a shutdown

  • House of representatives passed a ‘Continuing Resolution’ Thursday to fund the government for another month and stave off a government shutdown
  • It voted 230-197 in favor of a short-term funding bill to keep the lights on until Feb 16 
  • Senate went into recess on Thursday evening as Democrats vowed to block it
  • President Donald Trump tweeted a warning that there could be a ‘shutdown coming’ because Democrats ‘want illegal immigration and weak borders’
  • His Office of Management and Budget director said this morning that the odds of a shutdown are now 50-50
  • The White House was directing agencies to begin implementing their plans for a lapse in funding at talks continued on Friday
  • Trump was scheduled to fly to Florida for the weekend on Friday but will stay in Washington until at least tomorrow, when he’s scheduled to be at a gala

Francesca Chambers, White House Correspondent For Dailymail.com

President Donald Trump has summoned Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to the White House. 

This invitation was extended after one of the president’s chief aides said the prospect of a government shutdown was now ’50-50′ this morning as the Senate sputtered into gear.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Friday morning that the White House was directing agencies to begin implementing plans for a lapse in funding.  

A White House spokesman proclaimed Trump ‘the negotiator-in-chief’ on Friday as the president rolled up his sleeves and went to work on Schumer, a New York Democrat and the Senate minority leader.  

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President Donald Trump has summoned Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to the White House 

President Donald Trump has summoned Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to the White House 

President Donald Trump has summoned Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to the White House 

Schumer is seen speaking on Capitol Hill on Wednesday at congressional ceremony

Schumer is seen speaking on Capitol Hill on Wednesday at congressional ceremony

Schumer is seen speaking on Capitol Hill on Wednesday at congressional ceremony

Trump was meeting on Friday with Schumer at the White House but not Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (left)

Trump was meeting on Friday with Schumer at the White House but not Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (left)

Trump was meeting on Friday with Schumer at the White House but not Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (left)

Without the support of 10 Democrats, a bill staving off a government shutdown that passed yesterday in the House will lay dormant in the U.S. Senate.  

Schumer attempted to pin the blame Friday on Trump for a shutdown. He shared a video of the future president saying in a 2011 ‘Today’ show interview that Barack Obama should take the heat if the government skidded to a halt.

Trump’s campaign apparatus hit Schumer just as the president signaled a detente. An email blasting the Democrat hit inboxes just as Trump was sitting down with the fellow New Yorker at the White House.

‘I’ve warned Chuck Schumer not to shut down the American government over ILLEGAL immigrants. Now he needs to hear from the most powerful force in our nation: YOU — the American voter,’ the email bearing Trump’s signature warned.

The president told his supporters, ‘I need you to join millions just like you who are signing a written statement that I will put in every liberal obstructionist’s office — especially those facing tough re-elections in beautiful red states that I won BIG.

‘DO NOT SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT, DO NOT HOLD OUR MILITARY HOSTAGE, AND DO NOT DENY HEALTH CARE TO 9 MILLION AMERICAN CHILDREN ALL FOR THE SAKE OF PROTECTING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. AMERICANS COME FIRST!’ 

At an on-camera briefing prior to the Trump-Schumer summit, Mulvaney told White House reporters: ‘OMB is preparing for what we’re calling the “Schumer shutdown.” ‘

‘I just want to let everybody know that we don’t want this. We do not want a shutdown,’ Mulvaney said. ‘But if Mr. Schumer insists on it, he is in a position to force this on the American people.’

DONALD TRUMP, CALL YOUR CAMPAIGN: An email blasting  Schumer hit inboxes just as Trump was sitting down with the fellow New Yorker at the White House for negotiations

DONALD TRUMP, CALL YOUR CAMPAIGN: An email blasting  Schumer hit inboxes just as Trump was sitting down with the fellow New Yorker at the White House for negotiations

DONALD TRUMP, CALL YOUR CAMPAIGN: An email blasting  Schumer hit inboxes just as Trump was sitting down with the fellow New Yorker at the White House for negotiations

Mulvaney said OMB was operating under the assumption that a shutdown would happen, regardless of conversations taking place about a resolution that would keep the government open at least through the weekend. 

‘I think it’s ratcheted up,’ Mulvaney told reporters asking about the prospects of a shutdown at the White House on Friday morning. ‘The bottom line is we’re working to make sure there is no shutdown but if the Senate or the House can’t get together to finalize a deal we’ll be ready.’    

Trump is supposed to be holding a gala at his Palm Beach resort tomorrow evening to celebrate the first anniversary of his inauguration. His departure was postponed by at least a day on Friday as the showdown with Senate Democrats slogged on. 

If the government’s spending authority were to lapse, federal employees who are considered ‘non-essential’ will be sent home until a budget deal is signed. They are typically paid retroactively.

Shutdowns in 1995, 1996 and 2013 put roughly 800,000 government workers on furlough.

The White House, Congress, State Department and Pentagon would remain online, although staff who are not critical to the operation would be sent home until further notice. 

The prospect of a government shutdown is now '50-50,' Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Friday as the Senate sputtered into gear

The prospect of a government shutdown is now '50-50,' Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Friday as the Senate sputtered into gear

The prospect of a government shutdown is now ’50-50,’ Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Friday as the Senate sputtered into gear

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that Democrats now 'own' the shutdown as they are the ones keeping a stop-gap resolution from going into effect

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that Democrats now 'own' the shutdown as they are the ones keeping a stop-gap resolution from going into effect

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that Democrats now ‘own’ the shutdown as they are the ones keeping a stop-gap resolution from going into effect

Trump has claimed that the military would be cut deepest by a shutdown. However, troops would still report for duty – they just might not be paid on time. 

Mulvaney said Friday that the Obama administration ‘weaponized’ the 2013 shutdown, and that was something this federal government would not do again. 

‘They could have made the shutdown in 2013 much less impactful, but they chose to make it worse,’ he said. ‘The only conclusion I can draw is they did so for political purposes. So it will look different this time around.’

Mulvaney admitted during the White House’s news conference that national parks would remain open, firefighters would keep working and servicemembers would keep fighting overseas, in spite of Trump’s dire claim yesterday that ‘the group that loses big’ in a shutdown ‘would be the military.’

‘But don’t lose sight of the fact that we’re asking the military to work without pay. We’re asking firefighters to work without pay. It’s still harming the people,’ Mulvaney said on Friday. ‘All of these people will be working for nothing, which is simply not fair.’

Congress was teetering on the edge of a government shutdown on Friday after the House of Representatives passed a stopgap funding bill on a 230-197 vote but the Senate did not.

The upper chamber went into recess on Thursday evening with Senate Democrats poised to block the legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell let members go home as he admitted that he was unclear what the president – who’s technically the leader of the Republican Party – wants to happen.

‘I’m looking for something that President Trump supports, and he’s not yet indicated what measure he’s willing to sign,’ McConnell said. ‘As soon as we figure out what he is for, then I would be convinced that we were not just spinning our wheels.’ 

Senate Republicans are finding it practically impossible to wrangle 60 votes, the number needed to end debate. With a slim 51-49 majority, they need the unlikely help of Democrats to move forward.

McConnell said Friday that Democrats now ‘own’ the shutdown as they are the ones keeping a stop-gap resolution from going into effect.

White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short told reporters Friday that Trump had been calling senators, trying to talk them into supporting a resolution to keep the government open. Trump foreshadowed failure in a Friday morning tweet and hinted at the political bickering to come as Washington squabbled over who would be to blame for a midnight failure.

‘Government Funding Bill past [sic] last night in the House of Representatives,’ the president wrote on Twitter.

‘Now Democrats are needed if it is to pass in the Senate – but they want illegal immigration and weak borders. Shutdown coming? We need more Republican victories in 2018!’ 

President Donald Trump suggested Friday morning that a government shutdown might be coming by day's end, and prepared to blame Democrats in the Senate who are threatening to block the latest stopgap funding bill

President Donald Trump suggested Friday morning that a government shutdown might be coming by day's end, and prepared to blame Democrats in the Senate who are threatening to block the latest stopgap funding bill

President Donald Trump suggested Friday morning that a government shutdown might be coming by day’s end, and prepared to blame Democrats in the Senate who are threatening to block the latest stopgap funding bill

Trump visited the Pentagon on Thursday amid a looming budget shutdown that he said would be 'devastating' for the military; he's decided to stay in Washington until a Continuing Resolution is passed in the Senate, instead of jetting to Palm Beach on Friday afternoon

Trump visited the Pentagon on Thursday amid a looming budget shutdown that he said would be 'devastating' for the military; he's decided to stay in Washington until a Continuing Resolution is passed in the Senate, instead of jetting to Palm Beach on Friday afternoon

Trump visited the Pentagon on Thursday amid a looming budget shutdown that he said would be ‘devastating’ for the military; he’s decided to stay in Washington until a Continuing Resolution is passed in the Senate, instead of jetting to Palm Beach on Friday afternoon

The federal government will run out of money at midnight, on the anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, if the Senate does not pass the House bill or some other resolution to keep the lights running.

At least 10 Democrats would have to cross party lines to keep that from happening.

Senate Republican leaders will likely call vote after vote on Friday, forcing Democrats and reluctant members of their own party to stand and be counted over and over again until a funding measure passes.

But the Democrats, who are insisting that a permanent version of the ‘DACA’ immigration program be passed as a condition of keeping the government open, haven’t yet blinked.

Trump was scheduled to depart the White House on Friday afternoon for his Mar-a-Lago resort club in Palm Beach, Florida. But the optics of leaving town while the government runs off the rails were too much for his advisers.

A White House official told reporters in the morning that the president ‘will not be going to Florida until the CR passes,’ referring to the ‘Continuing Resolution’ needed to keep the money flowing.

Twenty-six Democratic senators are up for re-election in November, including 10 in Republican-leaning states that Trump won in 2016. That has given Republicans the political will to stand their ground and force the issue.  

‘It really is regrettable that the Democrats are willing to shut down the government,’ presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said Friday morning on the Fox News Channel. 

'It really is regrettable that the Democrats are willing to shut down the government,' presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said Friday morning on the Fox News Channel

'It really is regrettable that the Democrats are willing to shut down the government,' presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said Friday morning on the Fox News Channel

‘It really is regrettable that the Democrats are willing to shut down the government,’ presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said Friday morning on the Fox News Channel

Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo said on CNN that Republicans ‘should man up, stand up for what they believe in and force the Democrats to reject the continuing resolution and force a government shutdown.’

But the funding measure passed by the House on Thursday night also has at least four Republican opponents in the Senate, raising the possibility that lawmakers in the upper chamber of Congress might pass a temporary measure that funds the government for just four or five days while party leaders twist their arms.

‘The House just did the right thing – for our men and women in uniform AND for the millions of children who rely on CHIP,’ tweeted House Speaker Paul Ryan following the vote, referring to a popular children’s health insurance program.

Ryan urged Senate Democrats to ‘do the right thing by the American people.’

Trump on Thursday contributed to the chaos with a tweet that suggested he no longer supports the House’s funding extension.

The president rejected a bargaining chip that House Speaker Paul Ryan had been pushing – a six-year renewal of the Children’s Health Insurance Program – and blasted conciliatory language on immigration his chief of staff had used to appease a group of congressional Democrats.

At the Pentagon, Trump told reporters a shut down  ‘could very well’ take place on Friday if Democrats do not come around to his position.  

Before the vote was passed Trump tweeted that it was 'so important for our country - our Military needs it!'

Before the vote was passed Trump tweeted that it was 'so important for our country - our Military needs it!'

Before the vote was passed Trump tweeted that it was ‘so important for our country – our Military needs it!’

Trump set up the Democrats to play fall-guy last week when he tweeted that they did not really want to strike a deal to protect Dreamers.

‘The Democrats want to shut down the Government over Amnesty for all and Border Security. The biggest loser will be our rapidly rebuilding Military, at a time we need it more than ever. We need a merit based system of immigration, and we need it now! No more dangerous Lottery,’ he said in one of his tweets.

Already, Congress has passed three funding extensions since the beginning of the 2018 fiscal year.

At the Pentagon, Trump turned his visit into an opportunity to rail against Democrats holding a longer-term bill that would do away with government-mandated budget caps, freeing up the military to spend all of the money it was authorized to spend by Congress last year

At the Pentagon, Trump turned his visit into an opportunity to rail against Democrats holding a longer-term bill that would do away with government-mandated budget caps, freeing up the military to spend all of the money it was authorized to spend by Congress last year

At the Pentagon, Trump turned his visit into an opportunity to rail against Democrats holding a longer-term bill that would do away with government-mandated budget caps, freeing up the military to spend all of the money it was authorized to spend by Congress last year

Not only does the position put him in conflict with his own White House, but it also threatens to derail his party's efforts to pass a stop-gap bill once again

Not only does the position put him in conflict with his own White House, but it also threatens to derail his party's efforts to pass a stop-gap bill once again

Not only does the position put him in conflict with his own White House, but it also threatens to derail his party’s efforts to pass a stop-gap bill once again

Last month, with Christmas around the corner, Congress passed a short-term resolution to keep the federal government funded until January 20. Now, Republicans are looking to keep the government open until Feb. 16.

Democrats are demanding that legislation protect the ‘Dreamers’ of which there are an estimated 800,000 in the United States. The White House says the issue should be handled separately, as protections for the illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children do not begin to lapse until March 5. 

The president’s reported remarks that immigrants from Haiti and other African nations are ‘s***hole countries’ threw a DACA deal into flux.

Trump said he no longer trusts Sen. Dick Durbin, a leading Democrat in the negotiations, after the Illinois lawmaker backed up the remarks that first appeared in the Washington Post.

Trump claimed in his remarks before a meeting with military leaders that was supposedly part of a nuclear posture review that Democrats are acting out because they are trying to blunt the success of his tax deal

Trump claimed in his remarks before a meeting with military leaders that was supposedly part of a nuclear posture review that Democrats are acting out because they are trying to blunt the success of his tax deal

Trump claimed in his remarks before a meeting with military leaders that was supposedly part of a nuclear posture review that Democrats are acting out because they are trying to blunt the success of his tax deal

President Trump appeared ready to revolt on Thursday as he dramatically slapped down his chief of staff’s claims that he had ‘changed’ or ‘evolved’ on immigration after being educated by staff and took a slap at Ryan’s plan to hand the Democrats a win on CHIP.

Trump said in a string of tweets that his beliefs immigration are the same now as they were when he was a candidate.

‘The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it,’Trump said. ‘Parts will be, of necessity, see through and it was never intended to be built in areas where there is natural protection such as mountains, wastelands or tough rivers or water.’

‘The Wall will be paid for, directly or indirectly, or through longer term reimbursement, by Mexico, which has a ridiculous $71 billion dollar trade surplus with the U.S.,’ he stated.

Finishing the rant, Trump said, ‘The $20 billion dollar Wall is “peanuts” compared to what Mexico makes from the U.S. 

At a meeting on Wednesday with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Capitol Hill Kelly reportedly said that some of Trump’s views were ‘uninformed.’ He also admitted that Mexico will not be paying for a border structure, the Washington Post reported.

‘As we talked about things, where this president is and how much he wants to deal with this DACA issue and take it away,’ Kelly told Fox News later, ‘I told them there’s been an evolutionary process that this president’s gone through.’

During his meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Kelly took credit for being ‘the one who tempered’ Trump’s positions on building a wall, Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona told the New York Times.

Kelly was the DHS secretary until late July, when Trump tapped him to replace Reince Priebus as chief of staff.

On Fox, Kelly said that he told Democrats lawmakers that all politicians take positions in their campaigns that ‘may or may not be fully informed,’ and Trump has ‘changed the way he’s looked at a number of things’ since becoming president.

‘He’s very definitely changed his attitudes toward the DACA issue and even the wall once we briefed him,’ Kelly, the former Department of Homeland Security head, said of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients.

The retired general told Bret Baier the administration now believes it can build a wall in the areas it needs, roughly 800 additional miles beyond the existing fencing, for $20 billion.

‘So he has evolved in the way he’s looked at things,’ Kelly assessed. ‘Campaign to governing are two different things. And this president is very, very flexible in terms of what is within the realm of the possible.’

 

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