As Clock Ticks Toward Shutdown, Some Pain Points
House trying to push 'clean' bill through on Thursday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 21, 2017 6:44 AM CST
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(Newser) – Lawmakers hope to approve a must-pass spending bill on Thursday as the clock ticks toward potential government shutdown this weekend. Despite the perilous situation, House Republican leaders are still struggling to unite the GOP rank-and-file behind a plan that would punt most of their remaining work into next year. House GOP leaders unveiled a plan Wednesday evening at a closed-door meeting. The upcoming short-term measure would fund the government through Jan. 19, giving lawmakers time next month to try to work out their leftover business. Opposition from Democrats means Republicans need to find unity among themselves to get the 217 votes needed, which once again is proving difficult. Politico's take: "The last-minute drama shows just how difficult it is for (Paul) Ryan to corral his fractured caucus, even just hours after his biggest win (as) speaker." Some pain points:

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