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Key Republican says House working on plan to avert government shutdown

"I think one way or the other, we will not have a government shutdown this weekend," Grothman said.

Published: September 29, 2023 6:35pm

Updated: September 29, 2023 6:37pm

A key House Republican has stated that the lower chamber GOP is working to avert a government shutdown and will either introduce new legislation or accept existing Senate proposals to do so.

Speaking on the "Just the News, No Noise" television show, Wisconsin GOP Rep. Glenn Grothman expressed optimism that the government will not shutdown and insisted the chamber would pursue a viable approach to preventing that development.

"We could introduce our own bill or we could accept the bill coming over from the Senate," he said. "I think we'd rather introduce our own bill. And I think by doing that, we'll delay this."

The Senate on Tuesday approved a continuing resolution to fund the government until Nov. 17, though House Speaker Kevin McCarthy previously stated that he would not permit a vote on that legislation.

Grothman added that future GOP efforts in spending battles would focus on including provisions related to the illegal immigration surge at the southern border.

"I think the public wants to shut down the border. But the public does not want to close the close the government," he said. "And I think one way or the other, we will not have a government shutdown this weekend."

"We feel good where we are right now. We we feel very good that we're not going to be blamed for a shutdown, because we're going to find some way to make sure there is no shutdown," Grothman continued. "And we look forward to negotiations on the border in the future and doing all we can to highlight the differences between the parties."

Republican lawmakers have struggled to pass spending legislation amid intra-conference infighting between leadership and conservative hardliners over spending cuts and aid to Ukraine.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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