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White House blames Senate Democrats for pending government shutdown

White House blames Senate Democrats for pending government shutdown White House blames Senate Democrats for pending government shutdown
Melinda Barton | 20 January, 2018, 03:47

Friday at the White House press briefing, CNN's Jim Acosta had a heated back and forth with White House budget director Mick Mulvaney over which party would be blamed by voters for a potential government shutdown.

"I think it's ratcheted up".

Other White House aides told CNBC that "it doesn't look good".

The government will shut down at the end of Friday if the Senate doesn't get 60 votes on the spending bill passed in the House.

US government shuts down when the legislative branch and executive branch fails to pass legislation to appropriate funding for government agencies.

Acosta questioned why Republicans are calling it the "Schumer shutdown" - referring to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) - when they control both houses of Congress and the White House.

"We'd like to keep the government open". "I guess the bottom line is we're working to make sure there is no shutdown but if the Senate or the House can't get together to finalize a deal we'll be ready". The president is planning to stick around Washington until the Senate passes a stopgap spending measure.

"This is not about policy, it's about politics", said White House legislative director Marc Short.

While it remains unclear who will take the brunt of the blame for a shutdown, early polls indicate the public will place the blame mostly on Trump and Republicans. He claimed that the Obama administration "weaponized the shutdown in 2013".

Almost all Democrats have held out from supporting the GOP plan because they also want to pass a bill that would protect hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Senate Democrats are almost united in opposition to the short-term spending bill passed in the House Thursday because it does not offer protections for the "Dreamers", the term for immigrants brought to the US illegally as children who were shielded from deportation under President Barack Obama's 2012 DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) executive order.

Republicans hold 51 Senate seats, but Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in an interview with MSNBC that he would not vote for a 30-day continuing resolution. He also said the drama surrounding the current negotiations has been overblown.