GOP leaders face difficult battle to avert federal shutdown

GOP leaders face difficult battle to avert federal shutdown

Associated Press

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2013 file photo, despite signs stating that the national parks are closed, people visit the World War II Memorial in Washington. No government shutdown this year, Republican congressional leaders say. But with Congress, it's never easy. Conservatives are demanding a cutoff of Planned Parenthood's federal funds as their price for keeping agencies functioning beyond Sept. 30. A look at what's complicating the effort to avoid a shutdown.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — No government shutdown this year, Republican congressional leaders say. But with Congress, it’s never easy.

A band of conservatives say they won’t back legislation financing government agencies unless the bill blocks federal payments to Planned Parenthood. A partial shutdown will occur Oct. 1 unless lawmakers provide money to keep government functioning.

With time running out, GOP leaders haven’t said how they will handle conservatives’ demands while also rounding up enough votes to prevent a shutdown.

A look at the undercurrents they face as they work to figure it out:

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