On Thursday, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said a stopgap spending bill that has to pass Congress before April 29 to avoid a government shutdown must include some initial funding for President Trump's border wall with Mexico, and Democrats have to play ball. Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate appropriations committees have been working steadily to negotiate a spending package, and it can't pass without at least eight Democratic senators. Mulvaney said as long as Democrats support the border wall, the White House is open to throwing some money at their priorities. "Everything had been moving smoothly until the administration moved in with a heavy hand," said a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). "Not only are Democrats opposed to the wall, there is significant Republican opposition as well."

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