WASHINGTON – the Republicans who control Congress have struggled to come up with a must-pass measure to avoid a government shutdown this weekend.
House GOP leaders short of the votes cast, and have scrapped plans to combine a short-term spending bill with $ 81 billion worth of disaster aid and a $658 billion Pentagon funding measure.
Conservatives are angry at the price for the hurricane support, and their pressure has sent GOP leaders back to the drawing board.
Democrats argue for a two – or three-week temporary spending bill that pushes a number of unresolved issues — including disaster aid in the new year.
The house of representatives Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders have not yet announced a course of action.