WH: We Haven’t Seen Congressional Committee’s Compromise Funding Bill

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February 12, 2019 10:42 a.m.

White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley said Tuesday morning that the White House hadn’t yet seen a compromise deal to keep the government funded and avoid another shutdown over President Donald Trump’s border wall demands.

“We’re not sure yet,” if Trump can sign the compromise funding bill, Gidley told Fox News Tuesday morning.

He continued: “And I’m not really ready to focus on what could be in there. I would like to focus on what is actually in there, and we haven’t seen that yet.”

Members of the congressional conference committee tasked with resolving the border wall funding stand off have been doing so mostly without input from the Trump administration. White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday that “the White House, at the request of all the parties on the Hill, has sort of stepped back” from the negotiations.

Gidley said the White House has heard “rumors” and “reports” about the conference committee’s compromise, but that those aren’t “consistent with what we’re hearing coming out of the conference committee.”

“So until we actually see it, it is very difficult to comment on it,” he said.

Mulvaney, Gidley said, told White House staffers in a meeting Tuesday morning that it’s too early for the administration to weigh in “because we don’t know what’s actually in the document” or “what nuances are put on some of the stipulations.”

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