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House GOP May Need Dems to Avoid Government Shutdown

House GOP May Need Dems to Avoid Government Shutdown
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By    |   Friday, 01 December 2017 03:08 PM

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are pushing a spending plan ahead of a funding deadline, but far-right GOP members have opposed it, which could mean that Republicans will need to bring Democrats on board to avoid a shutdown, according to Politico.

House Speaker Paul Ryan confirmed to members Friday that two short-term spending bills are set for House votes — one through Dec. 22 and another through January.

The vote is meant to pressure Democrats for a budget deal by the time government funding runs out on Dec. 8, GOP aides say, according to Politico.

"The budgeting never goes good when everybody loads up the Christmas tree. You (have) got to give me one heck of an argument for a two-week (continuing resolution). I haven't heard it yet," said Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., a House Freedom Caucus member.

Ryan would need House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., if more than two dozen House GOP members oppose the strategy, Politico reported. Republican leaders warned during a closed-door meeting that they would need help from Democrats if their own members voted against keeping the government from shutdown.

"They said, basically… 'Hey, if we've got the votes, then we do it. If we don't got the votes, then you got to go do things to get votes from elsewhere outside the conference," Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., told reporters, according to Politico.

Democrats have expressed their disinterest in helping Republicans. "We have no resolve on CHIP, we have no resolve on the Dreamers, so without any of that resolved, why, why would I vote for an extension?" Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., told Politico.

What Republican leaders would concede to Democrats in spending talks is an issue. Both parties say they want a spending deal ready before the deadline.

House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., disputed the idea that Democrats would be needed. "Let's give the leadership some opportunity to talk to some of the members," Frelinghuysen said.

The White House said it did not anticipate a Dec. 8 shutdown.

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Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are pushing a spending plan ahead of a funding deadline, but far-right GOP members have opposed it, which could mean that Republicans will need to bring Democrats on board to avoid a shutdown, according to Politico.
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