Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has announced that Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney will hold a briefing this morning to address the increasing likelihood that the government will shut down. The event is reportedly scheduled for 10:30 a.m. EST.
Congressional Democrats and Republicans are currently in a standoff over the future of government funding and immigration policy for DACA Dreamers. The government will shut down at midnight if Republicans are unable to break the 60 vote threshold in the Senate, and it is currently unclear whether they’ll even be able to pass a stopgap measure to keep the government running another month.
President Donald Trump was scheduled to head to Mar-a-Lago this weekend, though the White House has announced that he won’t leave Washington until Congress passes a spending bill. Trump has accused Democrats of wanting a shutdown over the last few days, and he tweeted about that very subject earlier this morning.
Government Funding Bill past last night in the House of Representatives. 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2018
Watch above, via the White House
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