Politics Conservatives rebel against House GOP plan to avert shutdown

22:41  01 december  2017
22:41  01 december  2017 Source:   ap.org

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-right conservatives are rebelling against a plan by House GOP leaders for a two-week reprieve from a possible government shutdown next week. Speaker Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders want to set a new government shutdown deadline just prior to Christmas to give

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hard-right conservatives are rebelling against a plan by House GOP leaders for a two-week reprieve from a possible government shutdown next week.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks during a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, along with Republican congressional leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) © The Associated Press House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks during a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, along with Republican congressional leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON — Hard-right conservatives are rebelling against a plan by House GOP leaders for a two-week reprieve from a possible government shutdown next week.

Speaker Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders want to set a new government shutdown deadline just prior to Christmas to give time for talks with Democrats on the budget, hurricane relief and other unfinished business. Right now, Washington faces a Dec. 8 deadline.

Hill Republicans plan two week stopgap bill to avert shutdown

  Hill Republicans plan two week stopgap bill to avert shutdown House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Thursday plans to pass a short-term funding bill to keep the government open while budget talks continue for a longer-term solution. Ryan did not say how long the stopgap spending bill would last, but multiple aides expect it will last through the Friday before Christmas, December 22.In a preview of the coming fight, Ryan also called out the opposing party in his announcement, saying, "If the Senate Democrats choose to filibuster that, they will have chosen to shut the government down, something that we do not want to see.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-right conservatives are rebelling against a plan by House GOP leaders for a two-week reprieve from a possible government shutdown next week.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-right conservatives are rebelling against a plan by House GOP leaders for a two-week reprieve from a possible government shutdown next week.

But conservatives said Friday that they fear the new Dec. 22 deadline means they'll get legislation they don't like jammed through.

Democrats won't commit to helping the GOP pass the two-week funding bill. They want assurances that immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children will be given protection from deportation — and many insist that it pass this year.

If Democrats don't provide the votes to prevent a shutdown, Republicans would have to pass a temporary spending bill, known as a "continuing resolution," on their own.

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy insists "it'll be fine" and that they want to get all the work done.

"Look, two weeks isn't very long," said McCarthy, R-Calif. "We want to keep up the pressure up."

But conservatives fear a torrent of spending bills, legislation to shore up Obamacare insurance markets,

Trump tells confidants that a government shutdown might be good for him

  Trump tells confidants that a government shutdown might be good for him The president’s waffling on the issue is hampering talks over a new long-term spending plan.Over the past 10 days, the president has also told advisers that it is important that he is seen as tough on immigration and getting money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to two people who have spoken with him. He has asked friends about how a shutdown would affect him politically and has told several people he would put the blame on the Democrats.

WASHINGTON — Hard-right conservatives are rebelling against a plan by House GOP leaders for a two-week reprieve from a possible government shutdown next week. Speaker Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders want to set a new government shutdown deadline just prior to Christmas to give time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-right conservatives are rebelling against a plan by House GOP leaders for a two-week reprieve from a possible government shutdown next week.

"I am a hard no on any (continuing resolution) ending the week of Christmas," said Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas. "That tells me that they have an absolutely horrible bill that they want to try to jam through."

With the additional two weeks, congressional leaders in both parties hope that talks over spending could produce the framework for a longer-term "omnibus" appropriations bill. That legislation would award the Pentagon and domestic agencies with spending increases that could total more than $100 billion in 2018 alone. There's other unfinished business too, including reauthorization for a popular childrens' health program and tens of billions of dollars in aid for states and U.S. territories slammed by hurricanes.

A temporary government funding bill spending runs out Dec. 8. Some conservatives are even suggesting that Congress work Christmas week rather than face pre-Christmas deadline pressure.

The GOP plan is for a stopgap measure that's "clean" of unrelated add-ons — with one exception. That would be a technical tweak to the Children's Health Insurance Program to prevent a handful of states that are about to run out of funding to stay solvent through Dec. 22 as well.

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