How Republicans Are Responding To Trump's Shutdown Threat

How Republicans Are Responding To Trump's Shutdown Threat

How Republicans Are Responding To Trump's Shutdown Threat

"I don't think most people want to see a government shutdown", Ryan said during a press conference in OR on Wednesday.

At a campaign rally in Phoenix Tuesday night, Trump vowed to make good on the wall, his signature campaign pledge, even threatening a government shutdown. "I don't think it's in our interests to do so while we work on doing what we actually said we would do, what we've done already in the House and we need to do, which is to control our border".

"President Donald J. Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell remain united on many shared priorities, including middle class tax relief, strengthening the military, constructing a southern border wall, and other important issues", the White House said in a statement Wednesday.

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Trump could, in theory, veto or choose not to sign a spending measure that Congress passes without funding for the barrier, causing a shutdown.

Lawmakers whose districts sit along the border, including Republicans, have questioned the effectiveness of a physical wall.

Ryan also said a short-term government funding bill, known as a continuing resolution, would probably be needed to keep the government open past September.

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After reports Trump and McConnell were not communicating, both GOP leaders said they were working together to address Americans' issues.

"I don't think a government shutdown is necessary and I don't think most people want to see a government shutdown, ourselves included", the leader of the Republican-controlled House said at a news conference in OR where he was promoting tax reform.

The last time the government was forced to close - in 2013, when a divided Congress could not agree with then-President Obama on a budget due to battles over Obamacare funding - the showdown cost the domestic economy $24 billion and reduced that quarter's GDP growth by more than half of a percentage point, according to Standard & Poor's. In a press conference in April, McConnell said funding for border security or a wall would be "subject to negotiation with our Democratic colleagues".

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During an April 23 interview with ABC News' on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that he "can't imagine the Democrats would shut down the government over an objection to building a down payment on a wall that can end the lawlessness". In the coming months, Democrats will likely say the same line back to their Republican colleagues.

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