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White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney shot down CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta during the daily press briefing on Friday, schooling the reporter with simple math on why Democrats are needed to keep the government fully funded.

But all military personnel on active duty "will not be paid until such a time as Congress makes appropriated funds available to compensate them for this period of service", the memo states.

Mulvaney says the administration is trying to mitigate the impact of the funding lapse, noting many national parks and government offices will be open during the duration.

Despite Democrats' opposition, Mulvaney said the administration has been "very straightforward from the beginning" that the White House does "not want this shutdown". He accused the Obama White House of purposefully closing high-profile federal sites to reap political gain.

"We are going to manage the shutdown differently".

Senators continued to scramble to reach a deal to fund the government. Senator Chuck Schumer is seen here speaking on the night of the shutdown
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Mulvaney is quick-witted and possesses a disarming frankness, and he's not afraid of being impolitic, even as he has risen to a Washington power post. The midnight (Eastern time) deadline is less than an hour away.

"The point is that both them then and you now are willing to shut down the government because they support or oppose a policy", Wallace said.

Mulvaney isn't apologizing for the shutdown tactics he employed in 2013, saying he opposed that year's stopgap spending measure because it funded agencies that were implementing "Obamacare".

"You blame Democrats", Wallace observed.

Mulvaney blamed the Democrats for engaging in "pure politics" while reiterating that they didn't get enough votes from them to pass a deal.