The Trump administration is confident that the government will not be shut down next week, according to Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president.
During a Friday appearance on Fox News, Conway did not say whether money for a U.S.-Mexico border wall must be included in the government funding bill.
“I’m going to let OMB (Office of Management and Budget) director Mick Mulvaney and the president and others address that, but we’re confident that the government will not be shut down next week,” Conway said.
On Thursday, the White House contended that it wants funding for the wall to be included in the upcoming government spending package which must pass next week in order to avoid a shutdown.
Many Democrats oppose President Trump’s proposed border wall and are unlikely to support the spending bill if it includes the $1.4 billion funding for the project.
White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said in a Wednesday interview with The Associated Press that Trump deserved funding for the wall in the spending bill.
“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,” Mulvaney said. “And the president should, I think, at least have the opportunity to fund one of his highest priorities in the first funding bill under his administration.”
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