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Marc Short: Senate Dems 'Determined to Shut Down the Government'

Marc Short: Senate Dems 'Determined to Shut Down the Government'

By    |   Friday, 19 January 2018 11:09 AM

It appears that Senate Democrats are "determined to shut down the government," White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said Friday, as he and other White House officials prepared for a press conference on how matters stand.

"It's unfortunate because a few years ago Nancy Pelosi talked about people who wanted to shut down the government over policy concerns, [calling them] arsonists, and [Senate Minority Leader Chuck] Schumer said they're hostage takers," Short told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

"That's the method they've adopted now. It's very frustrating for many Americans."

There is a normal appropriations process that should work, Short added, noting that the Trump administration presented a budget to congress last February.

"We're to mid-January without a spending bill," said Short. "Schumer's comments when he says there needs to be a normal budget process, we need 10 senate Democrats to proceed to the appropriations bill. They've denied it so far. The 10 votes we need to get to 60 is what is bringing the government to a shutdown and stopping funding of our troops."

However, Short said he was not quite prepared to predict that the government will shut down after today.

"I think the vote this afternoon looks challenging to keep the government open," said Short. "It seems they're pretty determined to shut it down. I think the negotiations will probably continue all the way up until midnight and I think we'll have to wait until it plays out."

The Democrats' opposition is about politics, not policy, said Short.

"You look and see the accomplishments of the tax relief plan and elimination of the individual mandate . . . the Democrat base is demanding from Pelosi and Schumer what will you do for us?" said Short.

"They don't have anything to say other than shut down the government. It's unclear to us what they're asking in fact to help us get a continuing resolution approved to keep the government open."

Work is going on day in and day out on a deal for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, said Short.

Meanwhile, a shutdown will affect people on the frontlines defending the United States most of all, said Short, "whether in uniform in the military, or Customs and Border Patrol, ICE, defending our borders, those people stop getting paid. They don't get their paycheck. That I think is the most harmful impact."

He added that the Trump administration "won't politicize this the way the Obama administration did in 2013. We will look to keep parks open and things that are necessary to the American people. But nonetheless I think that those who are most hurt are the troops."

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