White House: Trump won’t be responsible for shutdown

White House: Trump won’t be responsible for shutdown

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“He wants a budget deal,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Wednesday, referring to the president. (WhiteHouse.gov)

WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Wednesday that responsibility for a potential government shutdown will not fall on President Donald Trump.

When asked if “the buck stops with President Trump,” Sanders replied: “I’m not sure how it would.”

“The president’s laid out what he wants. He wants a budget deal; he wants Republicans and Democrats to agree on a budget,” Sanders said.

Congress has until Friday night at midnight to pass a plan to keep the government funded.

Republican leaders proposed a short-term measure Tuesday evening to extend funding through Feb. 16, an acknowledgment of an ongoing disagreement over the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has stopped Democrats from supporting a longer plan.

Sanders said Wednesday that the short-term plan is not ideal, but that the White House would support it if necessary.

While Republicans control both chambers of Congress as well as the presidency, Sanders noted that the 60-vote threshold to overcome a filibuster in the Senate means that the responsibility ultimately lies on the minority party.

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