U.S. Representative Ryan sees no government shutdown this year: paper

WASHINGTON Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:52am EDT

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) talks to reporters as he walks on the U.S. Capitol building in Washington June 11, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) talks to reporters as he walks on the U.S. Capitol building in Washington June 11, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Paul Ryan expects his Republican Party to avoid a U.S. government shutdown this year, he told a Washington newspaper, saying he thought they would fund federal agencies through the upcoming elections.

Ryan, a Wisconsin representative who chairs the House Budget Committee, told the Washington newspaper Roll Call on Wednesday that Republicans were considering authorizing government expenditures until Dec. 11.

"If for some reason the Democrats don't take that, then they will clearly have shut the government down," said Ryan.

Ryan, who was the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2012, is often mentioned as a potential U.S. presidential contender in 2016. His new book, "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea," was released this week.

The U.S. government was closed for more than two weeks in 2013 after lawmakers failed to extend its funding. House Republicans took most of the public blame because they refused to approve the spending unless Democrats agreed to defund President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

Ryan said on Wednesday that Republicans do not want another shutdown that would threaten their popularity heading into the midterms, when the entire House and one-third of Senate seats are up.

He also said lawmakers would likely extend the life of the U.S. Export-Import Bank until after the midterm elections. Its charter is currently set to run out at the end of September.

Many House conservatives have said the bank's activities supporting exports through direct loans and credit insurance belong in the private sector. They also say the bank mainly benefits big businesses such as Boeing and Caterpillar.

Democrats, on the other hand, say the bank supports middle-class manufacturing jobs and helps many small businesses.

Ryan said the Ex-Im Bank would likely get a short-term reauthorization so lawmakers could agree on reforms, such as lowering its lending cap.

Business groups have endorsed a temporary extension to keep the Ex-Im Bank operating past September.

(Reporting by Emily Stephenson, editing by G Crosse)

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Comments (6)
SunnyDaySam wrote:
Actually, Ryan is hoping we all forget his GOP/TP shutdown fiasco that cost US over 24 BILLION DOLLARS. We can’t forget it. vote anti-R!

Aug 21, 2014 12:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Burns0011 wrote:
*THIS* year he doesn’t see it, because *THIS* year, the composition of the House and Senate is relatively stable.

And he knows that a budget fight THIS year would throw the elections into doubt; anything could happen.

NEXT year, he’s planning on a budget fight and deadlock that completely ruins the economy of the United States, based on economic theories that are amateurish or disproven.

Aug 21, 2014 1:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SunnyDaySam wrote:
This is standard Republicon procedure: they try to appear ‘normal’ and ‘reasonable’ just before the election. Once they’re elected, they go right to their real extreme ‘radical right-wing social engineering’ (c) newt gingrich.)

Aug 21, 2014 3:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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