Ryan Says Gov't Shutdown Over Border Wall Isn't Necessary

by Leon Thompson August 28, 2017, 1:10
Ryan Says Gov't Shutdown Over Border Wall Isn't Necessary

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.

Ryan said GOP leaders "were looking at" that option but decided against it.

"The fact is though, given the time of year it is and the rest of the appropriations we have to do, we are going to need more time to complete appropriations process particularly in the Senate", Ryan said.

Ryan does disagree with the Trump White House on one aspect of tax reform - mortgage deductions.

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"I don't think it is in our interests to do so", Ryan told a news conference in Oregon.

He also said that he urged Americans to "condemn [racism] unequivocally" after Trump made his remarks blaming "both sides" for the violence.

"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.

Ryan, however, exploited the trip to highlight the essence of business and the GOP's tight connection now than ever on taxes irrespective of surfacing rifts.

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He brushed aside questions about dissonance with President Trump, who earlier in the day had chided Mr. Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for not getting a debt increase done as part of a veterans' benefits bill last month. Even before Trump's threat Tuesday night, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. was warning clients that there was a 50 percent chance of a government shutdown. "I would just say I think it's important we all stay unified as Republicans to complete our agenda". "I believe that a government shutdown seems inevitable".

While this type of inflammatory political flirtation might find favor with the tea party radical right, the core of Trump's support, not raising the debt ceiling and not passing spending bills would wreak havoc with the economy and send the country into an internal and external spiral.

Ryan's problem is that he needs a few Democrats to get the debt ceiling bill passed in the House.

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