Mick Mulvaney: Chances of a government shutdown are now '50-50'

Washington Examiner | 1/19/2018 | Sarah Westwood
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White House officials are raising their expectations that the government will partially shut down on Friday as lawmakers scramble to find votes for a short-term spending deal that will fund the government past midnight, budget director Mick Mulvaney said.

"We were operating under a sort of 30 percent [likelihood of a] shutdown up until yesterday, I think it's ratcheted up now," Mulvaney told reporters at the White House on Friday. "We've had our meeting just about a half an hour ago, a teleconference with a bunch of agencies to tell them to start to implement their lapse plan, the next step in preparing for a lapse in funding, that's what we call a shutdown, the formal name of it. I guess the bottom line is we're working to make sure there is...
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