Government 'needs a good shutdown,' frustrated Trump tweets

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- President Trump tweeted Tuesday that the country needs a "good 'shutdown, '" as well advocated for changing Senate rules, in a pair of tweets where he complained about the congressional negotiating process.

Missouri's U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, a fellow Republican, said he understood Trump's frustration with the Senate requirement for 60 votes to pass legislation, but cautioned against rushing to blow up the long standing rule.

Republicans reduced the threshold to 51 votes for Supreme Court nominees this year and could do the same for legislation with a simple majority vote.

"The president is frustrated with the fact that he negotiated in good faith with the Democrats, and they went out to try and spike the football and make him look bad", White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told reporters in a heated defense of the military and border-security funding in the bill.

It does not include funding for the proposed US-Mexico border wall or include language stripping federal money from so-called sanctuary cities.

Trump was responding to a bipartisan agreement on a spending plan which will keep the government functioning through September.

"The (budget deal) does not fund President Trump's immoral and unwise border wall or create a cruel new deportation force", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday in a statement. Now President Trump wants to shut government down again & make you pay. SAD!

Mulvaney condemned Democrats - who argue that they won numerous battles within the bill - for celebrating the spending deal as a victory for their party.


Like House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) earlier in the day, Mulvaney touted the end of the "parity" rules from the Obama administration, when Democrats demanded one dollar of increased discretionary spending for every extra dollar Republicans got on defense.

Democrats' gleeful declarations that they outsmarted Republicans in a battle over a spending bill that avoided a government shutdown drew the ire of the president.

He added a shutdown would show American voters that Washington "really was as broken as they thought it was when they voted for (Trump) for president".

Trump's embrace of a government shutdown came days after he accused Senate Democrats of seeking a shutdown and obstructing majority Republicans during recent budget negotiations.

"Right now I'm not anxious about the shutdown, I'm anxious about the deal that's in front of us". Their efforts succeeded, a government shutdown was averted, but the result has left a rift within the Republican party over a budget that many conservatives see as too favorable to Democrats.

Congress is expected to vote this week on the $US1.1 trillion spending bill.

Mulvaney did not point to specific instances of Democrats wanting a shutdown, beyond highlighting that some lawmakers said they would not vote for a funding proposal that included money for new portions of a wall on the southern border.

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