Paul Ryan just claimed Obama delayed troop pay during 2013 shutdown


U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday that the House of Representatives would accept a bill funding the government through February 8 and ending the current shutdown of federal agencies if the Senate can pass the measure.

Ryan didn't address the ad directly and instead said they're "certainly not helping us" on the shutdown and on immigration. Practically as soon as the deal was bruited about, House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows was making it known that he and many of his compadres were not onboard with Ryan, and might have enough votes to block the stopgap bill (in conjunction with Democrats who weren't part of Ryan's plan at all). Ryan appeared on "Face the Nation" Sunday with little patience for the group he considers to be the responsible party for the shutdown: Senate Democrats. Not wanting to risk bipartisanship in a fraught situation like the present, Ryan crafted a short-term stopgap spending bill created to pass with only Republican votes in the House, because (a) it did not include any DACA deal, which was very hard to design in any event, and (b) it had some sweeteners for conservatives, including delays in two Obamacare taxes. "But Senate Democrats believe none of it is too high a price to pay for appeasing their political base".

Thus, the strategy was created to produce either a win with virtually no GOP concessions, or a government shutdown that could pretty cleanly be blamed on Democrats. "There is no good reason for Senate Democrats to keep willfully forcing a shutdown on this country". "Stop holding children's health insurance hostage".

While Ryan invoked the importance of the military to persuade his colleagues to end the shutdown, a lapse in funding would not actually shut down the military, as it is considered an essential function of the federal government.

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"If this bill passes, there'll be no incentive to negotiate, and we'll be right back here in a month with the same problems at our feet", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Democrats want a deal to protect around 700,000 immigrants from deportation who arrived in the children and have stayed here illegally.

Congress must act by midnight Friday or the government will begin immediately locking its doors.

Republicans were demanding that a separate budget bill financing government for the rest of this year include big boosts for the military, and they accused Democrats of imperiling Pentagon funding. A resolution to fund the government did not pass, sending the federal government into a shutdown.