With a deadline looming next month for legislation to keep the government funded, House Speaker Paul Ryan offered a guarantee in an interview that aired Thursday that there will not be a government shutdown.
Congress is facing an April 28 deadline to pass legislation funding the government through the end of September, a potentially daunting task given the fractures within the House Republican caucus exposed by the failed effort to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“Let me just say this, Norah. We’re not going to have a government shutdown,” Ryan told CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell. “The president doesn’t want to have a government shutdown. It’s funding from April 28 to Sept. 30.”
In the interview with “CBS This Morning,” Ryan indicated that the GOP would keep some controversial provisions out of the must-pass government funding bill due next month, including money for President Donald Trump’s promised wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Democratic leaders have vowed to block any bill that includes funding for Trump’s wall, and Ryan said the bulk of the money for that project will come in next year’s fiscal appropriations.
Also absent from the government funding bill will be provisions to defund Planned Parenthood, another sticking point for Democrats. Ryan said defunding the women’s health care provider, a goal for Republicans who object to its offering abortion services, would be more easily accomplished via a bill that goes through the reconciliation process, which would require only a simple majority in the Senate instead of the 60 needed to break a filibuster.