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Speaker Ryan: 'I Don't Think a Govt Shutdown Is Necessary'

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By    |   Wednesday, 23 August 2017 04:03 PM

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Wednesday said he disagreed with President Donald Trump in that he did not think a government shutdown was necessary to make sure a wall was built along the Southern border.

"I don't think a government shutdown is necessary – I don't think people want to see a government shutdown, ourselves included," Ryan said at a news conference at an Intel Corp. facility in Hillsboro, Ore.

Trump during his campaign-style rally in Phoenix on Tuesday said, "If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall."

"Congress, in the House, has already done its work on the issue," Ryan said. "There are very legitimate problems and concerns on the border that need to be addressed. The House already has passed funding for border security, including building physical barriers like a wall in the places that are necessary."

Ryan noted the House has passed some funding for the wall, but it has not gotten support in the Senate.

"The fact is, though, given the time of year it is and the rest of the appropriations we have to do, we're going to need more time to complete our appropriations process, particularly in the Senate," he said.

Trump's pledge to build the wall is complicating GOP efforts to avoid the shutdown, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, and has some Republican lawmakers concerned.

Congress will have less than two weeks to approve a budget when it returns to Washington in early September before the government's current funding expires Oct. 1.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Wednesday said he disagreed with President Donald Trump in that he did not think a government shutdown was necessary to make sure a wall was built along the Southern border.
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