House Republicans are divided over the terms of a stopgap plan to avert a partial shutdown of the federal government, heightening tensions with just a week left before current funding is set to expire.
One week before the December 8 shutdown deadline, Republicans are pushing a short term spending bill that would fund the government through December 22. But some conservative members voiced resistance, arguing that such a tight window could produce an unnecessary burst of spending.
House GOP leaders will present the plan at a closed-door conference meeting Friday morning.
Trump reportedly believes he can blame the shutdown on Democrats, many of whom have said they would vote to oppose any government spending bill that does not include a provision addressing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Trump phased out in September.
Mr. Ryan seemed confident that Republicans will be unified enough to pass the bill in the House.
What Republican leaders would concede to Democrats in spending talks is an issue. "I haven't heard it yet", said Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., a House Freedom Caucus member.
One aide said Republicans then plan to pursue another short-term spending measure to extend funding into January. We want to make sure our military is funded. "But I don't have assurances that that's the case".
But Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., disagreed.
Meeting with "Chuck and Nancy" today about keeping government open and working. "We'd look like insane people to shut down the government in light of all of our problems", Graham said.
A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., did not immediately respond to comment. "That's why we invited [Democrats] over to have a conversation about a deal", said Short. We want to make sure our priorities are funded. "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?"
Congressional Republicans have already stated that they wish to avoid a shutdown, instead hoping to work with Democrats to pass legislation in the upcoming months.
A number of rank-and-file Democrats have said they will not approve any spending bill that doesn't grant a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrant Dreamers, and have imposed an end-of-year deadline for approving such a bill. "And that might mean they get some policy victories and some of those policy victories are things we share, too".