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After the GOP's health care fiasco, a shutdown showdown is looming

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After the GOP's health care fiasco, a shutdown showdown is looming

WATCH | Congress is barreling toward the deadline to pass a budget to fund the government for the rest of the year. Can Republicans get their party in line in time to avoid a government shutdown? 

Failure to compromise

House Republicans couldn't reach a compromise with members of the ultraconservative Freedom Caucus on their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Republicans' failure on health care showed that they haven't quite yet figured out how to be the governing party in Washington. 

GOP leaders will have to work quickly to unite the party before the current budget expires on April 28, and there are already some stumbling blocks in the road. 

Planned Parenthood 

Once again Congress is threatening to shut down the government over funding for Planned Parenthood. 

The House health care bill included language that would have defunded the organization for a year. Now that the bill is dead, members of the House Freedom Caucus may try to use the budget bill to make that happen. 

Democrats and moderate Republicans who support Planned Parenthood won't support a budget that defunds it.

Border wall 

Congress could also get caught up in a fight over funding for President Trump's border wall. 

Trump has asked for $30 billion in emergency defense and border spending, including $1.5 billion for the wall, and $18 billion in cuts to other agencies.

Senate Democrats have vowed to filibuster the budget bill if it includes funding for the wall or a deportation force, and Republicans from border states also oppose it. 


In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) earlier this month, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Democrats would filibuster the stopgap spending bill if it includes such "poison pill riders" because there is not enough time for lawmakers to debate them. 

"We believe it would be inappropriate to insist on the inclusion of such funding in a must-pass appropriations bill,” Schumer wrote.


Tick-tock

Congress is only in session for about 12 more days before current federal funding runs out on April 28. 

Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees plan to have a stopgap spending bill ready the week of April 24, when lawmakers return from a two-week recess. 

The April 28 deadline coincides with President Trump's 100th day in office. 

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