Paul Ryan Rules Out Government Shutdown
A day after panning President Obama’s new budget, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan ruled out the idea that any impasse over the budget would lead to a government shutdown:
Republicans will pass short-term measures to keep funding the government rather than allow a shutdown, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday.
Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, said that if the GOP-held House can’t reach an agreement with President Obama and Democrats in the Senate on a continuing resolution (“CR”) funding government the rest of this fiscal year, they would pursue temporary funding measures, and not allow a government shutdown.
“If we don’t get agreement in the meantime, yes, we do think there’s going to be some sort of situation where there’s a short-term CR,” Ryan said on “Good Morning America.”
“I think we’re going to have to negotiate exactly how those short-term CRs occur,” he added.
Ryan’s comments echo those made by John Boehner during the 2010 elections that the GOP would not seek to shutdown the government over budget disputes with the President. Obviously, the GOP has learned the lessons of the 1995-96 shutdown. In the end, it seems unlikely that a shutdown would work to their benefits politically. That doesn’t mean we won’t hear talk about shutdowns in the press, of course. I expect negotiations over a Continuing Resolution to go down to the wire as they always do, and we’ll be treated to more than one cable news story about how the National Parks are about to be shut down because of those idiots in Washington. In the end, though, a deal will be struck that will please neither side completely but which will allow the government to continue functioning. Now, if we could just find a way to actually get a budget passed rather than having to relay on these temporary stop gap measures.