Republicans Offer Democrats A Dollar-For-Dollar Budget Deal

A government shutdown would come on President Donald Trump's 100th day in office, so Republicans have offered Democrats a last-minute deal.
Posted at 12:19 PM, Apr 22, 2017

The White House has an offer it hopes Democrats can't refuse.

It's the president's latest deal-making strategy that Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney laid out:

"We've finally boiled this negotiation down to something that we want very badly that the Democrats really don't like, and that's the border wall. At the same time, there's something they want very badly that we don't like very much, which are these cost-sharing reductions of the Obamacare payments. ... We'd offer them $1 of CSR payments for $1 of wall payments."

cost-sharing reduction, or CSR, is a subsidy the government pays insurers to keep costs down for lower-income Americans. Under former President Barack Obama, House Republicans successfully challenged the payments in court, but an appeal has allowed those payments to continue. Trump could change that by discontinuing that appeal process.

This recent offer from Republicans would help avoid the looming government shutdown.

But some Democrats aren't buying it.

A spokesperson for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the White House offer a "gambit," pointing out the president promised during the campaign that Mexico would pay for the border project.

And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office also clapped back, reminding Republicans, including Mulvaney, that they contributed to a government shutdown in 2013.

If there's no deal, the government will partially shut down April 29: Trump's 100th day in office.