The President and Mitch McConnell have been clashing when it comes to deciding to work with Democrats on the spending bill or not.
THE PRESIDENT: President Trump has given Mitch McConnell some time to talk to Democrats about the budget deficit but he does not want Democrats to drag the talks all year and fight to spend more money because Trump does not want to spend any more.
MITCH MCCONNELL: McConnell wants to pass regular spending bills before coming to a continuing resolution.
THE PRESIDENT: Trump knows the House Democrats are going to try to increase the budget and drag it all year.
Trump does not want to sign a bill that will eventually blow up the deficit.
MITCH MCCONNELL: Meanwhile, McConnell is trying to avoid a continuing resolution and strike a deal for raising defense money and non defense money only because of the 2011 Budget Control Act.
McConnell also has a reelection for himself next year so he is also trying to avoid a yearlong stopgap measure that would freeze 2019 funding levels.
This would prevent appropriators from shifting funds around to various priorities as they see fit.
MITCH MCCONNELL: The GOP leader said, “We have to do it because the country will suffer either through a CR or, even worse, a sequester if we don’t do it.”
THE PRESIDENT: The President is acting smart around these parts now that he understands first hand how to deal with budget deficits.
The President remembers the last bipartisan deal reached in 2018 which boosted spending by $300 billion over two years.
The results came out to $1.3 trillion, Trump explained he was “unhappy” and he would never sign a bill like that again.
“Quite frankly I don’t know what Trump would trust McConnell to negotiate. Trump said from the outset he doesn’t want a caps deal and McConnell’s first instinct is to say, ‘OK, we’re getting a caps deal,’” said Rachel Bovard from Conservative Partnership Institute.
CONCLUSION: The Democrats are going to ruin everything by adding so much to the budget that the President is worried of what Mitch McConnell will do because Trump wants a CR or even better, not negotiate with Democrats but Mitch McConnell wants to spend money on separate individual bills first which is why they are clashing so hard because no one know what to do.
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