Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s budget director, is pressuring congressional Republicans to maintain a hard stance against sanctuary city funding inside a “must-pass” budget bill, per POLITICO.
A government shutdown is absolutely a threat if this bill does not hit the President’s desk.
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The goal is to bring the House Freedom Caucus on board with a government funding bill, according to Capitol Hill Republicans — or at least show that the administration is courting the support of the hard-right and pushing GOP leaders to adopt Trump’s priorities.
But the effort by Mulvaney, a former conservative congressman from South Carolina, threatens to disrupt bipartisan negotiations on funding the government. Democrats are already calling a request for border wall money a “poison pill” that would shut down the government. An attempt to block liberal cities from receiving federal funds if they ignore immigration guidance would similarly cause Democrats to flee. The budget bill will need Democratic votes to pass — at least eight in the Senate, but probably in the House as well.
Both Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have said negotiations between parties have been friendly and that talks are going well.
The Trump administration’s desire to cut-off those cities that will not cooperate with immigration officials could, however, have an impact on the outcome of the budget process.