Bipartisan lawmakers call for 'clean' spending bill with no border wall funding

Bipartisan lawmakers call for 'clean' spending bill with no border wall funding
© Greg Nash
A group of 40 Democrats and Republicans said Monday that they would support a "clean" spending bill devoid of partisan policy riders in an effort avoid a government shutdown. 
 
Members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus called for a spending bill that avoids a confrontation between the two parties before government funding runs out after Friday. 
 
"Ideological litmus tests on a spending bill like this simply create partisan roadblocks. With so many pressing issues facing our country, we need to work together to keep the lights on and avoid another expensive shutdown that weakens not only our economy but our national security," caucus Co-Chairman Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) said in a statement. 
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"Through this type of leadership, I believe the obstacles facing our nation will easily be overcome," added fellow co-Chairman Tom Reed (R-N.Y.).

Congress returns this week after its spring recess, with avoiding the government shutdown at the top of lawmakers' to-do list. 

Sticking points include funding for the border wall promised by President Trump and funding to reimburse ObamaCare insurers. Republicans are expected to need Democratic votes to pass the budget, setting the stage for a showdown.
 
The deadline to pass a funding measure is midnight Friday.