In the face of claims from the other side of the aisle that President Donald Trump’s commitment to the promised U.S.-Mexico border wall is wavering, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney has waved away doubts by revealing tactics that the GOP could use to get its hands on the necessary funds.
“We want more money for defense. We want to build a border wall. We want more money for immigration, law enforcement,” Mulvaney said during a Thursday business conference, noting that these initiatives run counter to the Democratic agenda, at the top of which appears to be securing funding for certain Obamacare subsidies.
“We understand that they have a certain amount of leverage in the Senate because we do need 60 votes. So we need some bipartisan support in the Senate,” he continued. “It is ripe for some type of negotiated agreement that gives the president some of his priorities and Democrats some of their priorities. We think we’ve opened the door. I know that we have.”
While the rift that formed between Republicans and Democrats over the contentious confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is far from healing, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) indicated that such a compromise could be forged.
“We’re working hard to get [Obamacare funding] in the bill. We’re very hopeful, negotiations seem to be going quite well,” Schumer said. “We want to make a good budget that meets our principles … so far, so good.”
In opening the door for a diplomatic solution to the budget, though, Mulvaney also warned Democrats that any sort of obstructionism would be received poorly by the president and noted that “elections have consequences.”