Former White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney argued the Democrats have “outfoxed” the Republicans on the huge spending invoice, calling on the GOP to give attention to the coverage as a lot as they’re the topline numbers. Mulvaney joined “The Brian Kilmeade Show” on Monday, predicting Democrats will “game the system” to cross the laws as Pelosi’s deadline looms. 

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MICK MULVANEY: And that is a kind of issues that I feel the Democrats have outfoxed the Republicans on. In this case, I do not suppose they did it on objective, however this is what they’ve finished. Over the course of the final six, eight, 12 weeks, they centered on the quantity, the $3.5 trillion. Is that an excessive amount of? Is it actually 5.5? Will Manchin take 1.9? I feel Biden floated two trillion on Friday as a compromise, and this is why that frightens me. If you gave me the invoice, Brian, over on the Office of Management Budget, give me an hour with this invoice and I may make this invoice rating at six trillion. I may make the invoice rating at one trillion with out altering any of the underlining insurance policies. I understand how to sport the system and I can guarantee you I’m not the one one who is aware of how to try this. 

And my guess is the best way that is going to get finished is that Democrats are going to sport the system, leaving the invoice substantively in the identical situation it’s now, however make it appear like it prices $1.9 trillion {dollars}. Manchin will then be capable of say, oh, I can vote for it as a result of it is much less and so they can say they compromised as a result of they introduced the quantity down and we’ll get the identical horrible insurance policies. 

Republicans, I feel, are making a mistake specializing in the greenback determine and as an alternative must be taking a look at, do we actually need this dramatic enlargement of presidency, no matter what it prices. If it prices a greenback it is dangerous. If it prices $100 trillion, it is dangerous. We must be specializing in the coverage as a lot as we’re the numbers. 

Mick Mulvaney on spending bill: Democrats 'outfoxed' Republicans, will 'game the system' to pass legislationVideo