When did GOP shutdowns begin?
GOP leaders in Congress are bracing for a showdown with the White House and President Donald Trump over the shutdown.
The showdown is expected to begin Friday, but House Speaker Paul Ryan is already gearing up to fight.
Ryan is planning to present a bill Friday that would extend the government, and that will likely be backed by Senate Democrats.
But the speaker is warning that Republicans can’t rely on a simple majority to pass the measure.
“The Senate will be able to block it.
We will be unable to get 60 votes,” Ryan said Wednesday.
Ryan’s comments come just two days after Trump threatened to veto a bipartisan deal to avert a shutdown if Congress doesn’t fund the government.
Trump was scheduled to meet Thursday with Republican Sens.
Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin to discuss the Senate’s proposed extension of the government and to ask them to come up with a compromise.
Graham said Wednesday that he’d “absolutely” sign the measure if the House passes it, adding that he has confidence the Senate will come up.
“If we get the Senate to pass it, I think we’re on the right track,” Graham said on Fox News.
The shutdown has become a political football in Washington, as lawmakers have used procedural maneuvers to delay the shutdown of the federal government.
The latest effort comes as the House and Senate have been unable to agree on a deal to reopen the government on time, which would allow the government to reopen on Friday.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has called for an extension of government funding to keep the government open.
But some Republicans have pushed for the funding to expire, which they say would make the situation worse.
The House has passed several bills that would fund the shutdown, but they’ve never been voted on by the Senate.
Democrats have said they plan to vote against a bipartisan funding measure if it does not include funding for a federal hiring freeze and the National Labor Relations Board, which has been critical of the Trump administration over the government shutdown.
But Ryan, who has been vocal about the need for an agreement, said he is confident the Senate is ready to move forward on its plan to reopen.
“We’re going to have the Senate vote,” Ryan told reporters Wednesday.
“I’m confident we’re going at it in good faith.”