House Speaker Paul Ryan issued a warning to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as other Senate Democrats, telling them not to shut down the government.
If the government shuts down, the military will not be paid. However, they will still be expected to show up for duty.
After the House voted to avert the shutdown, and afterwards Ryan said, “Sen. Schumer, do not shut down the federal government. Do not jeopardize funding for our military and for our national security. Do not jeopardize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.”
“It is risky. It is reckless. And it is wrong,” he continued, “I ask the American people to understand this: The only people standing in the way of keeping the government open are Senate Democrats,” Ryan added, “Whether there is a government shutdown or not is now entirely up to them.”
The Senate was expected to hold a procedural vote later Thursday night on the House-passed, one-month stopgap spending bill, known as a continuing resolution.
But Senate Democrats and three Republicans have vowed to filibuster that funding bill, increasing the possibility of a government shutdown Friday night at midnight.
Senate Democrats say they won’t help fund the government until they get a deal to shield hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.
Many of these immigrants are recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Trump has decided to end on March 5.
Ryan said that Democrats “are just holding this critical funding hostage for a deal on a completely unrelated immigration issue. Yes, we need to address the DACA program, and we are engaged in good-faith negotiations as we speak.
“But that deadline is weeks away,” he concluded.