Apr 20, 2017

Mulvaney says spending bill must include funding for wall

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Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said a $1 trillion spending bill must include funding for a border wall and additional immigration agents, per the AP. That might drive a wedge in negotiations ahead of the government shutdown deadline next week.

We want wall funding. We want (immigration) agents. Those are our priorities…We know there are a lot of people on the Hill, especially in the Democratic Party, who don't like the wall, but they lost the election.

The Dem take: Matt House, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's spokesman says, "Not only are Democrats opposed to the wall, there is significant Republican opposition as well."

What it means: These provisions might mean Congress balks on a bigger package and just passes a temporary spending bill to avoid a shutdown.

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