Congress returns Tuesday from its spring recess, facing yet another down-to-the-wire spate of deal making — and a White House anxious to claim its first major legislative win.
On Friday night, the funding measure lawmakers approved last year to keep the federal government running will expire. The timing leaves members of the House and Senate just four days to reach a new agreement to fund the government, or risk a partial shutdown of federal agencies on Saturday — the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Ever aware of the consequences, House Speaker Paul Ryan says passing a spending bill is his primary goal this week — even as the White House is urging the GOP to resuscitate last month’s failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and the president is making a fresh push on a tax overhaul.
“Wherever we land will be a product the president can and will support,” said Ryan of the spending bill during a Saturday afternoon conference call with Republican lawmakers, according to a GOP aide.
Feature image: By Caleb Smith; Office of the Speaker of the House [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons