Trump's budget chief says money for border wall a must

"I do not think the government is going to shut down", Mulvaney told reporters Friday, ahead of the deadline next week when federal agencies will run out of money.

If there's no deal, the government will partially shut down April 29: Trump's 100th day in office.

Ted Lieu (D) is mocking requests for funding President Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, saying the only way he'd even support a border wall it is "if Russian Federation pays for it". We know what this wall is all about.

"I don't think we have decided that part yet", he said.

The White House is taking another stab at repealing and replacing Obamacare, which is something the White House hopes can actually pass the House before Trump hits that 100 day milestone next week. Other items on the White House priority list, Mulvaney said, are a $30 billion request for a cash infusion for the military and a controversial provision to give the administration greater latitude to deny certain federal grants to "sanctuary cities" that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement by federal authorities.

At issue are cost-sharing payments that are a key subsidy under the health care law to help low-income people enrolled through the law's insurance marketplaces with their out-of-pocket expenses.

"What you're going to see on Wednesday for the first time is, here's what our principles are, here's some of the ideas we like, some of the ideas we don't like. here's some of the rates we're talking about", White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said on "Fox News Sunday". The legislation would keep the government running through September 30, the end of the budget year. "Those are our priorities", Mulvaney said. He added that "it'll be enough in the negotiation to move forward either with construction or the planning ... to get going on the border wall and border security".

"We have the leverage and they have the exposure", House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California told fellow Democrats on a conference call Thursday, according to a senior Democratic aide.

"The president has been pretty straightforward about his desire and the need for a border wall", Kelly replied.

Mulvaney said the White House isn't enthusiastic about Democratic demands on the Affordable Care Act payments but is open to them as part of a broader agreement. Republicans would be badly served by a shutdown or long-term continuing resolution, he said.

Trump ran for president in part on a promise to pour money into US roads, airports and other public works, but he has so far disclosed few details about how he'd pay for the improvements, and how much of the money would come from public versus private sources.

In talk show appearances, the president's surrogates also said the Democratic Party must agree to border wall funding to avoid a government shutdown.

The problem now is that even if Democrats and Republicans in Congress reach a compromise that allows them to pass a spending bill, there's no guarantee Trump will sign it. The New Yorker reports one top White House official actually "sounded excited" by the prospect of a shutdown.

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