Report: Ryan Urges Members To Focus On Spending Bill, Put Health Care On Hold

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., tells reporters it looks like Hillary Clinton got preferential treatment from the FBI in its investigation of the former secretary of state's use of a private email server for government business, during a news conference at Republican National Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 6, 2016. He said there are a number of outstanding questions about the FBI inquiry. Director James Comey will be testifying Thursday before the House Oversight committee, and the House Judiciary panel has scheduled a hearing next week with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Saturday urged Republican members of Congress to focus on keeping the government from shutting down, and offered few specifics about a new health care bill, according to a report by the Washington Post.

Speaking to members of the Republican Party on a call Saturday, Ryan urged lawmakers to prioritize the passage of a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, the Washington Post reported, citing unnamed Republican aides who were on the call.

Ryan told members that the House will vote on revised health care legislation when Republicans are sure they will be able to corral enough votes to pass it, the same aides told the Washington Post, though Ryan offered no timetable or plan for sharing that proposal.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump told reporters that he wanted Congress to vote on “both” a spending bill and revised health care legislation by the end of next week.

“I think we want to keep the government open, don’t you agree?” Trump said. “I think we’ll get both.”

On Friday, however, Trump walked that timetable back, saying there was “no particular rush.”

“It’ll happen. You’ll see what happens,” he said. “Doesn’t matter if it’s next week. Next week, doesn’t matter.”

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