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Mulvaney: Deal To Avoid Gov Shutdown Could Come ‘As Early As Today’

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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The deadline for a government shutdown is quickly approaching, but Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney believes lawmakers are close to reaching an agreement on the federal budget.

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Lawmakers return Monday to Washington following a two-week long recess. Members of the Senate return Monday, followed by House members Tuesday. Congress will have just four days to pass some form of spending bill to keep the government solvent past April 28. After that date, funding for agencies that provide services the government deems “non-essential,” like federal museums or national parks, could get temporarily cut if Congress fails to strike an agreement.

The (budget) negotiations are ongoing and there’s no reason we can’t have an agreement there as early as today,” Mulvaney said during a Sunday appearance on Fox News.

If Mulvaney’s assessment of the current negotiation process is correct and lawmakers are able to strike an agreement, it would keep the federal government operating until Sept. 30, the closing date for the 2017 federal fiscal year.

Trump will also make a “big announcement” Wednesday regarding his plans for tax and regulatory reform. The president made his first official visit to the Treasury building Friday, where he unexpectedly announced that there would be a “big announcement on Wednesday having to do with tax reform,” Reuters reports. (RELATED: White House Presses Forward On Tax Reform)

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