Ryan Rejects Shutdown; Says Continuing Resolution 'Will Probably Be Necessary'

By Susan Jones | August 24, 2017 | 6:08am EDT
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Wednesday a continuing resolution "will probably be necessary." He spoke to Intel employees in Hillsboro, Ore. (Screen grab from Speaker.gov)

(CNSNews.com) - President Trump told a rally in Phoenix on Monday he's going to get his long-promised border wall, even if it means shutting down the government.

"Now the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it, but believe me, if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall," Trump said.

But House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday said no one wants a government shutdown. He also said a short-term funding bill "will probably be necessary" to keep the government running while Congress works on individual appropriations bills.

"Well, I don't think most people want to see a government shutdown, ourselves included," Ryan told a gathering of Intel employees in Hillsboro, Oregon on Wednesday.

“The House already has passed funding for border security, including building physical barriers like a wall in places that are necessary.

“I actually toured the Rio Grande Valley in the spring, and members of the Border Patrol took me out there to show that they actually needed physical barriers to be able to stop the cartels from bringing drugs across the border and human trafficking. So this is a need that needs to be addressed,” Ryan said.

On July 27, the House of Representative passed a Defense Department Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2018. That bill, called the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, includes $1.6 billion for the construction of a physical barrier on the southern border. That’s the full amount requested by the Trump White House.

But there’s lots more work to be done, Ryan admitted on Wednesday:

The fact is, though, given the time of year it is and the rest of the appropriations we have to do, we're going to need more time to complete our appropriations process, particularly in the Senate, so that's something that I think we all recognize and understand, that we're going to have to have some more time to complete our appropriations process.

So I don't think anyone's interested in having a shutdown. I don't think it's in our interest to do so while we work on doing what we actually said we would do -- what we've done already in the House and we need to do, which is to control our borders.

So I don't think you need to choose between the two.

A reporter asked Ryan if he thinks a short-term funding bill, a continuing resolution, will be necessary:

"I think that will probably be necessary, yes, because I can't imagine the Senate will be able to process the appropriations bills as quickly as the House is,” Ryan responded.

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