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: