House Speaker Paul Ryan tried pressuring Democrats on Wednesday to support legislation stopping a government shutdown this weekend — but additionally confronted resistance from conservative Republicans, casting doubt on any deal.
Ryan gave little ground within the partisan battle over the destiny of the Dreamers, an issue many Democrats say have to be resolved prior to a vote to keep federal agencies functioning.
A day after conservatives expressed opposition to the short-term spending bill and mentioned GOP leaders lacked the votes to move it, Ryan declined to say if he had sufficient Republican support to push it by way of the House this week.
Instead, the Wisconsin Republican mentioned it was “baffling” why Democrats would oppose the spending measure, noting it incorporates funds for the military and a extensively supported a children’s medical insurance program. Republicans are hoping the funds for children will strain some Democrats to support the overall bill.
“I think cool heads hopefully will prevail,” Ryan mentioned.
Congress needs to pass legislation by midnight Friday to avert a shutdown.
Ryan additionally mentioned he needs to achieve a compromise on immigration however won’t deliver such a measure to the House floor unless President Trump supports it.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) mentioned lawmakers can’t deliver a bill to Trump because he has not instructed them specifically on what he wants.
“I’m looking for something that President Trump supports, and he’s not yet indicated what measure he’s willing to sign,” he stated.
For his part, Trump informed Reuters that a shutdown “could happen.”
The White House stated Democrats could be responsible for a shutdown — though the GOP controls the presidency and each homes of Congress, and polls show most voters would blame Republicans.
Meanwhile, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other Democrats met privately within the Capitol with White House chief of staff John Kelly, and some emerged citing little progress on immigration reform.
“They have a disproportionate focus on the border more than anything else,” stated Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ).