Government funding is the biggest hurdle facing the House GOP on Capitol Hill as the GOP attempts to avoid a shutdown.
The House is set to vote this week on a $1.6 trillion government spending bill that includes funding for the Department of Defense, which President Donald Trump has threatened to withhold if the funding is not passed.
Democrats and some Republicans have pledged to use the procedural maneuver known as a “clean” CR to pass the funding bill.
With no Republican support, Republicans have been forced to rely on Democratic support to move the legislation through the Senate, where it faces tough opposition from Republicans.
But there’s a problem.
Democrats and Republicans are united in their opposition to a clean CR, and some GOP lawmakers are calling for a vote on the CR before the shutdown begins.
“We will vote to shut down the government and then we will pass a CR that includes money for the military,” Rep. John Fleming, R-La., told CNN on Thursday.
“It’s an incredible shame that our party and our country will have to go through this in the first place.”
But the prospect of a vote without Democrats and Republican support isn’t exactly comforting.
And the fact that Congress is even trying to pass a clean spending bill raises questions about whether a clean budget would make the GOP look like they’re taking back control of the House.
Congress will face a shutdown over the debt limit in early October, with the GOP expected to pass their own version of the spending bill, which is expected to include money for a military base.
As of Friday afternoon, it was unclear whether any of the other bills would include funding for military bases.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.