WH ‘Confident’ There Will Be No Government Shutdown

By Melanie Arter | April 21, 2017 | 3:14pm EDT
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer (Screenshot courtesy of C-SPAN video)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House said Friday that it has confidence that there will be no government shutdown, however,  the Office of Management and Budget is taking “routine steps” to prepare for a potential lapse in appropriations next week following the continuing resolution's expiration.

“Just to be clear -- and again, I just want to make sure -- we remain confident that we’re not going to have a shutdown,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said during an off-camera press gaggle.

When Congress returns from recess on Monday, they’ll have five days to agree on an appropriations bill before the continuing resolution (CR) expires on Friday.

When asked why he was so confident there would be no government shutdown, Spicer said, “So you heard Director Mulvaney yesterday saying a shutdown is never desired and neither is it a strategy, and I think we echo that. We feel confident. We’ve been working with House and Senate leadership, and our goal is to continue to do what’s necessary to fund the government.

“Right, but is it your goal in that process to obtain the president’s spending cut priorities and spending allocation priorities, or avoid a shutdown?” a reporter asked. “Right now you can’t do both.”

“Well, I don’t necessarily -- I think we’ve made it very clear that we want border wall funding. We want greater latitude to deny federal grants to sanctuary cities. We want hiring of immigration agents, and we want $30 billion to infuse the military budget. Those are our priorities,” Spicer said.

“That being said, I don’t think it’s synonymous with -- we’ll continue to negotiate and work with the leadership, but no one wants a shutdown, we want to keep it going, and I get the question, but I think we’ve talked about what our priorities are. We’re working with members on both sides of the aisle in both chambers to find a way forward, but I think we feel confident that that will happen, that we will avoid a shutdown,” Spicer added.

“And if push comes to shove and your priorities have to take a backseat, they will?” a reporter asked.

“We’re working with House and Senate. Our goal now is -- we’ve laid out our priorities, and we’re committed to not having a shutdown, so I don’t know how easier to put it,” Spicer said.

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