As House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveils the GOP budget today, House Republican leaders will head to the White House to propose another one-week stopgap bill to avoid a government shutdown, according to the National Journal. The measure is a “hybrid” continuing resolution because it would fund the defence Department for the rest of the year, but keep the rest of the government open for only another week. The extension is also expected to include about $12 billion in immediate spending cuts.
The meeting comes as both parties signaled a continuing impasse in negotiations over spending cuts. A one-week measure could reassure conservative lawmakers and put pressure on Democrats to offer larger spending cuts, the AP reports.
Both parties are now trying to avoid a shutdown before the current CR runs out Friday night. Charlie Cook at the National Journal notes that Republicans are particularly worried about that possibility:
Among the worries the party now has is that a government shutdown could get blamed on the GOP. Additionally, these party insiders believe that taking on entitlements, specifically Medicare, could jeopardize the party’s hold on the House, its strong chances of taking the Senate and the stronghold that the party has been established with older white voters—not coincidentally, Medicare recipients.
It’s clear that the Republican congressional leadership believes that a shutdown is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. These are intelligent and reasonable people who have studied the mistakes Republicans made after they took control of Congress in 1994. They are determined not to replicate those mistakes.
To that end, CNN reports that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told House Administration Committee Chairman Dan Lungren (R-CA) to give House GOP members a lesson today on what would happen in the event of a shutdown.
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