USA: 'Purely political' — budget director Mulvaney blames Democrats for potential govt. shutdown

SOT, journalist: «I know that.» SOT, Mick Mulvaney, Director of US Office of Management and Budget: «So, when you only have 51 votes in the Senate then you have to have Democrats support in order to keep the government to fund the government.» White house Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney and Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short accused the Democratic Party of... Еще «forcing» potential government shutdown, the first since 2013, speaking at a press briefing in Washington DC on Friday. «It's purely an attempt by the Senate Democrats led by Mr. Schumer why we called it 'the Schumer Shutdown' in order to try and get a shutdown that they think this President will get blamed for,» said Mulvaney holding the Senate Minority Leader Democrat Chuck Schumer responsible for a potential shutdown. He added that US President Donald Trump is «is actively working right now» to keep the government open. Mulvaney went on to compare with the 2013 government shutdown under the Obama administration. He assured the press that the situation is «dramatically different.» «They don't oppose anything in the bill, but they are opposing the bill,» said Mulvaney referring to Democrats, adding «The only conclusion I can draw is they did it so for political purposes.» Earlier Senate Democrats have insisted on resolving the legal status of the more than 700,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country before the age of 16 and who had been protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). President Donald Trump ended the programme in autumn offering no other deal to replace the protection act that before it expires in March. Yet, Mulvaney called the Democrat's concern untimely. «There's no reason you had to deal with DACA before, the middle of February, DAC doesn't expire until March 5th,» he insisted. If US Congress fails to pass a funding bill by Friday midnight, this will prompt the federal government's immediate shutdown, which would involve the furlough of non-essential personnel and cut down of agency activities and services.

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