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GOP spending strategy would delay shutdown showdown

Lindsey McPherson, CQ-Roll Call on

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"I think it would be inappropriate to get too much into the details," the North Carolina Republican said.

Likewise, Freedom Caucus member Jim Jordan declined to specify the strategy for getting Senate Democrats on board.

"I'll answer that tomorrow," the Ohio Republican said.

Meadows and Jordan plan to brief the Freedom Caucus on Wednesday morning on the strategy discussed in the leadership meeting. Meadows said he's not expecting the caucus to take an official position but he expects there will be a "robust discussion" on tactics and strategy.

"I can tell you right now that there would have to be some very iron-clad commitments on behalf of leadership on how this would be different from the last five years," Meadows said before Tuesday's leadership meeting. "When we look at short-term CRs, generally, it doesn't produce a different result."

After the meeting, Meadows said there was "no agreement yet."

Walker, who also participated in the leadership meeting, is continuing conversations with RSC members to see what they can support. They've got a few asks related to mandatory spending offsets they'd like to see included in legislation that would bust the spending caps.

House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry declined to reveal any details of plans discussed during the leadership meeting but continued to express support for fully funding defense as soon as possible.

 

"A CR hurts the military, does damage to the military every single day," the Texas Republican said, adding, "Defense is too important to use as a political football."

Senate Republicans appear to be waiting on their House counterparts to come up with a strategy before they weigh in on their plans for funding the government after the two-week stopgap measure. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed a preference for a Dec. 22 CR over a Dec. 30 one. House conservatives have pushed for the latter but it is likely off the table.

Ryan, McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer are scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday to discuss government funding and other year-end matters.

(Jennifer Shutt, Patrick Kelley and Joe Williams contributed to this report.)

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