Mulvaney: "Very Possible" Shutdown Will Last Into New Congress


In an interview on 'Fox News Sunday,' incoming acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said it was "very possible" that the partial government shutdown will last beyond December 28 and into the new year. Democrats take control of the House of Representatives on January 3.

MICK MULVANEY: This is what Washington looks like. I saw the intro and said it was chaos in Washington. This is what Washington looks like when you have a president who refuses to sort of go along to get along.

You are seeing a fight over border security, just like we had a fight over taxes, a fight over deregulation, a fight over trade, a fight over Syria -- we’ll talk about that in a little bit. So, this is what it looks like.

I met yesterday with the vice president and Mr. Schumer, met throughout the day as your story indicated. There were some Republican members to talk about where we were in the discussions. We had given an offer, a counteroffer to Mr. Schumer late yesterday afternoon, and immediately, I think thereafter, the Senate went into recess until at least Thursday. That doesn’t mean a week before Thursday until we hear something back but I don't think things are going to move very quickly here the next couple of days.

CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NEWS: So, are we talking a week, are we talking until the new Congress comes in on January 3rd?

MULVANEY: Yes, a couple of different things. It’s Sunday right now, and government shut down mostly on a Sunday anyway. Government is shut down tomorrow anyway because it’s the federal holiday and Tuesday is Christmas, again, another federal holiday. So, Wednesday is really the first day that this kicks in.

The paychecks importantly will go out on the 28th. I want everybody to understand, no one is working without getting paid. Paychecks go out on the 28th. The next pay period that is impacted is January 11th. I think that is -- it's very possible that the shutdown will be on the 28th and into the new Congress.

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