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Paul Ryan tepidly predicts bill funding the government will pass Thursday to avoid shutdown

Paul Ryan tepidly predicts bill funding the government will pass Thursday to avoid shutdown

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he believes the House will be able to pass a two-week spending bill today, despite a pledge of unified opposition to the measure by Democrats.

Ryan referred reporters questions about the votes to Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who told the Washington Examiner Wednesday the House will pass the legislation even if Democrats uniformly oppose it.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said moments before Ryan spoke that she is against the short-term plan because she is seeking a guarantee Congress will pass a year-end bill legalizing young people who arrived in the United States illegally as children.

"Either they have the votes or they don't have the votes today," Pelosi said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., signaled this week he would support the two-week extension in order to provide more time to negotiate the Democrats' demands.

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