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Budget Director Mulvaney: If you want that spending bill, you’d better remember to pay for the wall
Hotair ^ | 04/21/2017 | Jazz Shaw

Posted on 04/21/2017 10:01:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Is this posturing, or is Mick Mulvaney sending a signal that Trump is ready for a government shutdown? Congress is going to have a hot minute or so to pass the omnibus spending bill when they get back in town and the President’s budget boss has decided to toss some gasoline on the bonfire by insisting that funding for the first phase of construction of the wall be included. (Associate Press)

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says that Democratic negotiators on a massive spending bill need to agree to fund top priorities of President Donald Trump such as a down payment on a border wall and hiring of additional immigration agents.

Mulvaney told The Associated Press in an interview that “elections have consequences” and that “we want wall funding” as part of the catchall spending bill, which lawmakers hope to unveil next week…

The $1 trillion-plus legislation is leftover business from last year’s election-season gridlock and would cover the operating budgets of every Cabinet department except for Veterans Affairs.

You’ll notice that you don’t hear anyone talking about Mexico paying for the wall anymore. At this point the bill is being handed to Congress and it’s unlikely to be an issue that Trump is going to back down on. The reality is that Mexico could, in theory at least, still pay for it but it’s going to take time to collect that money through other avenues, most of which will require the cooperation of Congress as well. For now we need to find the money out of the discretionary spending pool.

Under normal circumstances there wouldn’t be a single Democratic vote coming for this idea, but the White House may be planning some sweeteners to bring a few of them around. Of course, the big ticket items that the Democrats want include things like funding various provisions of Obamacare. Even if that’s enough to get Nancy Pelosi’s crew to go along with some wall funding it will probably drive away enough Republican votes that the measure will fail anyway. (And that’s assuming you can get Paul Ryan to even consider including it in the first place.)

All of this brings us back to one of many scenarios for a looming shutdown and the inevitable question of who gets blamed for it. The media will try to pin it on the GOP despite the glaring hypocrisy of doing so after blaming the minority party for other shutdowns in the past. Reasonable people will see through that and the GOP can sell the argument that it’s the Democrats’ fault if we’re sticking to the old way of doing business. But Trump may be opening the door to shoulder all the blame for a shutdown now. If (and it’s a big “if”) the two parties can actually hammer out some sort of spending bill that would pass but Trump poisons the deal by promising to kill the measure over wall funding, suddenly everyone can blame him. And trust me, there will be more than a few Republicans who will volunteer to do the Sunday show circuit and back up the Democrats in laying it all on Trump’s doorstep.

But if the President plays his cards correctly, this could turn out to be a winner after all. The fact is that we already spend millions upon millions of dollars on the existing border fence for maintenance, repairs and replacement of sections where needed. He can publicly ask the Democrats if they are now going to insist that zero money be budgeted for physical border security. If so, they’re going to lose in the court of public opinion. The only alternative is to make it obvious that they are only opposing this because it’s Trump’s idea, casting them as the spoiled brats stamping their feet and holding their breath in frustration.

Either way, we’re in for a drama filled April. But after the election cycle we just survived, are you really surprised?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 115th; borderwall; budget; buildthewall; first100days; mulvaney; spending; trumpbudget

1 posted on 04/21/2017 10:01:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

BUILD THE WALL.

There are enough of us who would chip in to see it is done.


2 posted on 04/21/2017 10:05:39 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12)
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To: SeekAndFind
Get the $$$$ from Mexico as promised:

Donald Trump announced Tuesday he would use a federal anti-terrorism surveillance law as a tool to force Mexico to pay for the border wall he has pledged to build on the U.S.’s southern border.
Trump outlined the steps his administration would undertake to compel Mexico to pay the U.S. “$5-10 billion” to fund a border wall in a memo his campaign released Tuesday morning — a plan that relies largely on threatening to bar undocumented Mexican immigrants in the United States from wiring money to relatives in Mexico.
Using a broad interpretation of the post-9/11 USA Patriot Act, Trump writes in the memo that he would threaten to issue new regulations that would compel money transfer companies like Western Union to verify a client's identity and legal status before authorizing a wire transfer

Donald Trump outlines plan to get Mexico to pay for border wall( By Jeremy Diamond, CNN April 5, 2016)

3 posted on 04/21/2017 10:11:02 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Trump "I will put America First!")
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To: sickoflibs

Looks like we’re not getting a true repeal of Obamacare (strike one) and if we don’t get our wall, it’s strike two.


4 posted on 04/21/2017 10:21:39 AM PDT by Chauncey Gardiner
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To: SeekAndFind
This is the way to do it. It's way past amusing that Republicans are sabotaging President Trump's agenda. Put it on the disgusting infiltrators to support funding of The Wall or be unelectable in the future.

Do they seriously think dems will vote for them if they don't support the Deplorable agenda?

5 posted on 04/21/2017 10:23:57 AM PDT by grania (only a pawn in their game)
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To: SeekAndFind

Build it now.

Right now.


6 posted on 04/21/2017 10:24:27 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Next thing you know, 'ol Jed's a millionaire)
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To: Chauncey Gardiner
RE:”Looks like we’re not getting a true repeal of Obamacare (strike one) and if we don’t get our wall, it’s strike two.”

Recall the GOP primary debates.

When Trump promised these he was cheered.
When others said it wont happen, they were booed.

It worked, trump won the primary.

He told us what we wanted to hear.

7 posted on 04/21/2017 10:26:06 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Trump "I will put America First!")
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To: Chauncey Gardiner; SeekAndFind; kabar
Here ya go, if they follow through on this and save $$$ they can use the $$$ to build the wall:

In Sanctuary City Crackdown, Justice Department Threatens to Withhold Grants From 8 Cities

No deficits, no taxes. Everyone wins.

8 posted on 04/21/2017 10:35:18 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Trump "I will put America First!")
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Why is Paul Ryan still in charge?


9 posted on 04/21/2017 10:35:43 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Chauncey Gardiner

Tax cuts strike three.


10 posted on 04/21/2017 10:47:26 AM PDT by Williams (Stop tolerating the intolerant.)
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To: Chauncey Gardiner
RE:”Looks like we’re not getting a true repeal of Obamacare (strike one) and if we don’t get our wall, it’s strike two.”

Well, you know how campaign promises go.

President Trump said Friday that undocumented immigrants who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children should "rest easy" and not fear deportation under his administration's efforts to ramp up immigration enforcement. The president told The Associated Press in an interview that his calls to crack down on illegal immigration are focused primarily on removing criminals from the U.S. and are not geared toward the so-called "dreamers.
Trump: 'Dreamers' should 'rest easy' The Hill ^ | April 21, 2017 | Max Greenwood

11 posted on 04/21/2017 12:10:04 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Trump "I will put America First!")
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To: Chauncey Gardiner

DACA is staying as well.
It’s still illegal, even if Trump is running it.


12 posted on 04/21/2017 1:18:52 PM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here Of Citizen Parents - Know Islam, No Peace -No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: SeekAndFind

“it’s unlikely to be an issue that Trump is going to back down on.”

He can’t afford to. It was his signature issue and what got him elected.

Trump has to go to the mat on this, even vetoing a bill that doesn’t adequately fund the wall and additional border agents.


13 posted on 04/21/2017 1:30:20 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (Chuck Schumer--giving pond scum everywhere a bad name.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Where is the proposal to tax all remittances to Mexico to reimburse us for the cost of the wall? C’mon, let’s go!


14 posted on 04/22/2017 8:43:41 AM PDT by JimRed ( TERM LIMITS, NOW! Building the Wall! TRUTH is the new HATE SPEECH.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Where is the proposal to tax all remittances to Mexico to reimburse us for the cost of the wall? C’mon, let’s go!

Between January and November of 2016, $24.6 billion flowed back to the pockets of Mexicans from friends and relatives living overseas, according to Mexico’s central bank. A 10% tax over a couple of years would more than pay for the wall and additional security.


15 posted on 04/22/2017 8:48:42 AM PDT by JimRed ( TERM LIMITS, NOW! Building the Wall! TRUTH is the new HATE SPEECH.)
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