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Mulvaney: Dems "are opposing a bill that they don't oppose"

Mick Mulvaney at the White House podium
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OMB head Mick Mulvaney insisted Friday that the Trump administration doesn’t want a government shutdown, ascribing blame instead to Senate Democrats who “are opposing a [funding] bill that they don’t oppose” and calling the looming situation the "Schumer Shutdown.”

Between the lines: Yes, Senate Democrats don’t oppose a 6-year extension of CHIP, but they specifically requested an immigration solution for Dreamers be packed into this funding bill, prompting this showdown. Mulvaney brushed aside those concerns until pushed by reporters, stating that “there’s no reason to deal with DACA until the middle of February” and that a DACA “bill is simply not ready” to bring to a vote.