With a deadline looming next month to keep the government funded, House Republicans are looking to avoid a protracted showdown with Democrats that could result in a government shutdown.
Congress is facing a deadline of April 28 to pass legislation that funds the government through September, and congressional Republicans know that Democratic support will be needed to get a bill passed, particularly in the Senate where Republicans hold a 52-48 majority.
Provisions to fund a wall along the border with Mexico or defund Planned Parenthood would almost certainly threaten any deal with Democrats on short-term funding, and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said earlier today that those two provisions in particular will not be in a short-term spending bill that Congress considers this month.
“We’re not going to have a government shutdown,” Ryan said bluntly this week. “The president doesn’t want to have a government shutdown. It’s funding from April 28th to September 30th.”