Ryan doesn't think government shutdown is 'necessary' over border funding

Marlene Weaver
August 28, 2017

The Speaker of the House Paul Ryan wrapped up a quick trip to Oregon Wednesday but not before being greeted by protesters at an event in Milwaukie.

He also addressed President Donald Trump's comment that a government shutdown may be preferable if funding for a new border wall with Mexico isn't secured.

Ryan said GOP leaders "were looking at" that option but decided against it.

"There's no place for these white supremacists, these white nationalists, these neo-natzis, and if we try to descend this issue down to a partisan fight, a political fight, we are demeaning the important point that needs to be made here which is every single one of us needs to stand up against this very bad, disgusting stuff that has no place in our society", Ryan said.

Ryan - who called white supremacy "repulsive" in a statement after Trump's freewheeling and contentious press conference last Tuesday at Trump Tower - went on to decry neo-Nazis and their ideology.

"If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall", Trump said.

"I think there's kind of a much ado about nothing there on that point", Ryan said.

"The fact is though - given the time of year it is and the rest of the appropriations we have to do - we're going to need more time to complete our appropriations process, particularly in the Senate", he said.

Aside from the GOP's tax reform push, Ryan said continued rollbacks of burdensome government regulations, an increase in military funding and support, and renewed focus on addressing workforce participation are among his top priorities.

"I don't think anyone's interested in having a shutdown", he said during a visit to an Intel factory in Hillsboro, Ore. The S&P 500 index fell.35% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell.4%.

However, Ryan suggested that getting a spending measure that includes funding for the wall would be a heavier lift in the Senate.

Still, the analysts put the odds of a government shutdown at the beginning of October at less than 50 percent - but December is another story. That means Republicans will likely need to assemble a bipartisan vote that includes Democrats, who have rejected the idea of attaching any conditions to a debt bill.

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