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GOP Rep Ross: We’re Not Discussing Gov’t Shutdown

GOP Rep Ross: We’re Not Discussing Gov’t Shutdown

Representative Dennis Ross (R-FL) said that a government shutdown is “not even a topic I think we’re going to discuss at this point” and “bait” that the GOP would not take in a clip broadcast on Tuesday’s “Wolf” on CNN.

Ross was asked by Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash whether there was talk of a government shutdown in a meeting of Congressional Republicans held earlier today, to which he responded “that’s not even a topic I think we’re going to discuss at this point. I don’t think that that’s an issue that we even want to address. So, we’re not going to take that bait.” He added that he considered a shutdown “bait” because “that’s been the president’s biggest bully pulpit, is trying to scare the American public into thinking that we’re going to shut down the government.”

Bash added in a later report that this means the GOP will likely pass a bill funding the majority of government through the next fiscal year, but that Homeland Security funding will be carved out and only funded on a short-term basis so the GOP could have another shot at defunding the president’s executive order on immigration once it takes the majority in both houses of Congress.

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