President Trump is brushing aside concerns about a possible government shutdown.
“We’ll see what happens,” he told Reuters on Thursday night with the deadline looming for Congress to pass a new spending bill. “If there’s a shutdown, there’s a shutdown.”
Lawmakers hope a stopgap measure before midnight Friday – the eve of trump’s 100th day in office — will provide congressional leaders more time to negotiate a larger funding plan.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) introduced a short-term continuing resolution, or CR, late Wednesday that would extend funding to May 5, until Congress can pass a bill that would fund the government through September.
“We’re working on the funding of government. We’re getting that through” on Friday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, (R-Calif) said of the CR on Thursday, ABC News reported.
Republicans have indicated they would be willing to pass a stopgap funding measure without any Democratic votes.
But Trump told the wire service that it will be Democrats who are responsible if the federal government shutters.