Trump Wants $200 Billion for Infrastructure, Mulvaney Says

Another potential complication is Trump's desire to see House action next week as well on a revived bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

A key House source told Fox News that negotiations on a new spending bill are, "ongoing and progressing" and that "a government shutdown is not on the table".

Democratic negotiators are likely to resist providing the down payment that Mulvaney says Trump wants for construction of the wall, but the former GOP congressman from SC adds that "elections have consequences".

"The White House gambit to hold hostage health care for millions of Americans", he said, "in order to force American taxpayers to foot the bill for a wall that the president said would be paid for by Mexico is a complete nonstarter". We want (immigration) agents.

Lawmakers returning to Washington will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation.

"We're certainly going to spend some money", Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Thursday at an event sponsored by the Institute of International Finance.

With the President approaching 100 days in office, a senior administration official conceded there have been "colorful" discussions behind the scenes to sort out disagreements over Trump's agenda. "I don't know if they want to make it more dramatic than it needs to be or not".

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

And yet, we're confronted with the possibility that short-term funding for Trump's wall may push the country towards a government shutdown next week. Other items on the White House priority list, Mulvaney said, are a $30 billion request for a cash infusion for the military and a controversial provision to give the administration greater latitude to deny certain federal grants to "sanctuary cities" that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement by federal authorities. Talk of the wall hadn't come up - until Mulvaney's demand.

"This is the first real test of whether or not the Democrats, specifically in the Senate, are interested in negotiating, interested in compromising", he said.

Spicer says that the administration has made the president's priorities clear, but adds: "we're committed to not having a shutdown". "That being said, if it's important enough to the Democrats, we'd be happy to talk to them about including that in sort of some type of compromise".

"Everything had been moving smoothly until the administration moved in with a heavy hand", said Matt House, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY. "If the administration would drop their 11th hour demand for a wall that Democrats, and a good number of Republicans oppose, Congressional leaders could quickly reach a deal".

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