OMB Director Mick Mulvaney responds to the Democrats taking their victory laps following the agreement passage of a budget deal and their claims of victory over what they got and the President and Republicans didn’t get. He says he finds it to be “A very strange way of looking at a bi-partisan discussion. If you’re in a bi-partisan meeting, I think it’s very unusual for one group to walk out and start spiking the football and saying, ‘hey, we won, we killed the other guys,’ and it certainly doesn’t bode well for future discussions.”
“But since the Democrats have raised the issue and tried to cast this as a Democrat victory, I think it’s important today and only fair, to show you what’s really in the bill and how the President actually cut a tremendous deal for the American people. We broke parity, okay, and for those of you who have been covering this area for a long time know what that means. It means in the past several years, ever since the spending caps came on, ever since the sequester went in, there was this unwritten deal on Capitol Hill.”
Mulvaney explains, “Which is for every dollar of defense spending that the Republicans wanted they had to give one dollar’s worth of non-defense spending to the Democrats. That was the deal that ‘president’ Obama was able to cut during his last years in office. We got $21 billion of new defense spending for less than $5 billion dollars of non-defense spending.”
Mulvaney then gets to the heart of his and the administration’s position, saying, “What they really didn’t get is this, and this is what they wanted. They wanted a shutdown. We know that. They were desperate to make this administration look like we couldn’t function, like we couldn’t govern. And we know that a large part of their base, especially their left-wing base wanted a shutdown and certainly didn’t want them to cut a deal with us.”
“That’s why, I think,” says Mulvaney, “you’re seeing them crowing about their success, is in order to cover up the fact that they actually cut a deal with President Trump and President Trump did a tremendous job.”
Mulvaney points to the pictures behind him of border wall construction, saying, “We are building this now. There is money in this deal to build, several hundreds of millions of dollars of this to replace this [cyclone fencing]. That’s what we got in this deal and that’s what the Democrats don’t want you to know. This stuff is going up now. Why? Because the President wants to make the country more safe. This [pointing to the cyclone fence] doesn’t stop drugs and doesn’t stop criminals from crossing the border.
Hearing Mulvaney make the case, it makes you wonder how much better it would have been if there were a Speaker in place who supports the goals of the administration, instead of the subversive swamp rat who holds that position now.
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