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Bipartisan Lawmakers Call for Spending Bill With No Ideological Provisions

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By    |   Monday, 24 Apr 2017 02:14 PM

In an effort to avoid a government shutdown, a bipartisan group in the House announced on Monday that it would support a spending bill to keep the government running past the Friday deadline if the legislation does not include ideological provisions, The Hill reported.

The group, called the Problem Solvers Caucus, includes 40 representatives, evenly divided between Republican and Democrats.

"Ideological litmus tests on a spending bill like this simply create partisan roadblocks. With so many pressing issues facing our country, we need to work together to keep the lights on and avoid another expensive shutdown that weakens not only our economy but our national security," caucus co-chairman Josh Gottheimer, a New Jersey Democrat, said in a statement.

"Through this type of leadership, I believe the obstacles facing our nation will easily be overcome," added fellow co-chairman Tom Reed, a New York Republican.

Efforts to avoid a shutdown have become more complicated in recent days with the Trump administration adding new demands, especially $3 billion for border security and the building of a border wall, CNBC reported.

Democrats have also been trying to include in the bill funding to reimburse Obamacare insurers.

It is unclear how the position of the Problem Solvers Caucus will affect the negotiations, but USA Today pointed out that the statement does not mean Republicans in the caucus would oppose a bill that did contain ideological provisions, only that they would promise to support legislation without them.

The Problem Solvers Caucus had to obtain the support of 75 percent of its members, including a majority of members in each party, in order to take a formal position on the issue.

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In an effort to avoid a government shutdown, a bipartisan group in the House announced on Monday that it would support a spending bill to keep the government running past the Friday deadline if the legislation does not include ideological provisions, The Hill reported.
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