House Republicans confident there won't be a government shutdown

House Republicans confident there won't be a government shutdown
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House Republicans said they're confident they will avert a government shutdown before a Sept. 30 deadline, despite President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE acknowledging the possibility on Wednesday.

"If it happens it happens. If it's about border security, I'm willing to do anything," Trump said during a meeting with GOP leadership from both chambers Wednesday.

Republicans lawmakers have largely expressed reluctance to shut down the government — particularly as they fight to hold on to the majority in November.

“That’s not in anyone’s interest, and he knows that,” Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanCorey Stewart fires aide who helped bring far-right ideas to campaign: report GOP super PAC hits Randy Bryce with ad starring his brother Super PACs spend big in high-stakes midterms MORE (R-Wis.) said at a press conference Wednesday morning.

Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Cuomo wins and Manafort plea deal Hillicon Valley: North Korean IT firm hit with sanctions | Zuckerberg says Facebook better prepared for midterms | Big win for privacy advocates in Europe | Bezos launches B fund to help children, homeless Bipartisan trio asks US intelligence to investigate ‘deepfakes’ MORE (R-Fla.) said he thinks the president made the remarks to put pressure on Congress to act, adding there is "no question" he believes shutting down the government is a bad idea.

"I highly doubt it's going to happen," Curbelo told reporters. "I think he likes to say things like that, but I highly doubt it's going to happen," he told reporters.

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsHouse Republicans confident there won't be a government shutdown Lawmakers move to award posthumous Congressional Gold Medal to Aretha Franklin Connect Beltway to America to get federal criminal justice reform done MORE (R-Ga.), the vice chairman of the House Republican Conference, said he's confident the government will remain funded.

"I think we'll find a way out. I don't think there will be a shutdown," he told The Hill. "I'm hopeful we get the money he needs and we work it out, but I don't view us as having a shutdown."

House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOn The Money: Senate approves 4B spending bill | China imposes new tariffs on billion in US goods | Ross downplays new tariffs: 'Nobody's going to actually notice' Scalise tells Canada: Make a deal on trade or be left behind GOP: The economy will shield us from blue wave MORE (R-La.) didn't say a shutdown was off the table, but said the meeting between leadership and the president was productive and they will continue to work toward finding a solution.

"Well clearly the president campaigned on securing the border and building the wall, and we strongly support those efforts. In fact, we passed bills through the House to fund the wall to make sure that we can secure the border," he told reporters.

"Obviously, we've got some differences with the Senate right now on that. But there are a number of other items that we are working on that we talked with the president about and there is some wall being built. Obviously, there's a lot more wall we want to see built and we want to close loopholes."

The president's remarks came shortly after Office of Management and Budget Director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyPoll: Cruz up 9 in Texas Senate race Financial policymakers must be suffering from amnesia On The Money: Broad coalition unites against Trump tariffs | Senate confirms new IRS chief | Median household income rose for third straight year in 2017 | Jamie Dimon's brief battle with Trump MORE told members of the conservative Republican Study Committee that Trump has no plans to shut down the government during a meeting on Capitol Hill.

Trump's also told The Daily Caller on Sunday, “I don’t like the idea of shutdowns."