According to Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, the Democrats are working to shut down government not because they oppose anything in the bill, but just to be obstructionists and oppose the bill.
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Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Friday accused the Democrats of opposing a bill that contains nothing they are against.
“They don’t oppose anything in the bill, but they are opposing the bill,” Mulvaney said, pointing to popular measures in the bill such as funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Democrats seemed to be aware of the importance of messaging, with Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., taking to the Senate floor with an image declaring the logjam a “Trump Shutdown,” quoting a tweet from President Trump from May saying “our country needs a good ‘shutdown.'”
McConnell set a 10 p.m. ET vote to break a filibuster on the House-passed continuing resolution (CR) to avoid a shutdown.
It will need 60 votes. Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate.
There are currently three GOP senators opposed: Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is away as he battles brain cancer.
That means that Republicans need 13 Democrats to hit 60.