The government shutdown that started as the Republican control of the House of Representatives comes to a close, could endure well into the new Congress when the Democrats take control of the House.
Most people are unaware it could last that long.
While it’s not certain that the government shutdown will endure much longer, Mick Mulvaney, who is the incoming White House acting chief of staff for Trump’s White House said there is a strong possibility that the shutdown would extend into the new Congress.
Partial Shutdown Could Last Longer Than Anticipated
While speaking with reporters on Fox News Mulvaney said of the partial shutdown on Sunday “I don’t think things are going to move very quickly here for the next couple days. … I think it’s very possible the shutdown will go beyond the 28th and into the new Congress.”
That new Congress is expected to hold their first session on Jan. 3. This partial shutdown comes after numerous Democrats, and even some Republicans denied Trump 5 billion dollars to help fund the wall which he promised to build in his run-up to the election back in 2016.
Trump had even threatened to use the nuclear option to get the funding passed (the nuclear option would have prevented a filibuster) but several senior GOP officials included Orrin Hatch and Jeff Flake nixed the proposal fearing it would threaten the legislative process and open the doors for rampant liberalism.
When offering theories on why the partial shutdown would continue into the next Congress, Mulvaney thought it might have to do with Pelosi.
“Mulvaney added that he believes House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) bid to be the next Speaker could be affecting negotiations over the border wall.
“I think she’s now in that unfortunate position of being beholden to her left-wing, where she cannot be seen agreeing with the president on anything until after she’s Speaker,” he said. “If that’s the case, I think there’s a chance we go into the next Congress.”
Mulvaney, who is currently the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), also said the White House has made a “counteroffer” to Democrats on the border wall of between $1.3 billion and $5 billion.
“They were at 1.3 yesterday, we were at $5 billion a couple days ago. And the counteroffer that we gave them yesterday was between those two numbers,” he said.