“It appears we may be getting to a place where there are going to be enough rational Republicans to join with the Democrats and pass what is a continuing resolution, which will fund government, get us open, give us the opportunity over the next six weeks to see if we can come to an agreement for a final resolution for the balance of the year,” Hoyer said on CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday morning.
Tea Party Republicans swayed their leaders to only support government spending resolutions that would cut or delay parts of ObamaCare. Some in their party are revolting over the move, arguing the government shutdown would backfire on the GOP.
“Within my own conference, obviously everyone knows, we have a far-right faction that we have to deal with, and we have to unify,” Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) said Wednesday on “New Day.” “So that’s one challenge for the Republican Party.”
Grimm is among a small but growing group of House Republicans who have called for a vote in the House on the clean government funding resolution that Democrats and President Obama are demanding.
Senate Democrats rejected the motion and noted that they had repeatedly tried to form a conference committee earlier this year to negotiate on the budget with Republicans.
As effects of the shutdown emerged Tuesday, Republicans put together a spending bill that would only fund parts of the government, including national parks and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“They've never gone to conference on the budget, so we have no agreement on it, but this piecemeal approach is going to be dragged out over a long period of time,” Hoyer said.
Already in its second day, it’s unclear how long the shutdown will last. A number of members have suggested combining the budget to the debt limit fight.
Hoyer said Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) could make progress but still faces major obstacles.
“John Boehner I think, frankly, is willing to negotiate. I think what he doesn't have is the support of his caucus, and that's unfortunate.”