Facing a potential government shutdown on Friday, both sides of the aisle are looking to make a compromise so that a funding deal can be struck.
One of the issues at stake is the $30 billion that President Trump has requested for supplemental military funding. Democrats have suggested that only half that amount be allowed and part of the other portion be used to fund healthcare subsidies, which will become necessary if Obamacare collapses.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has a major decision to make in this, as he is the one who can agree to the estimated $10 billion funding for cost sharing subsidies. If he declines, it is anticipated Democrats will demand that the $15 billion allocated to the military has a matching amount for non-military issues, which is a long-standing platform used by Democrats.
No comment was given when requested from Ashlee Strong, Ryan’s spokeswoman.
Democrats’ contention is that millions of people will lose their healthcare coverage if there is a stop to the subsidies.
Friday is the deadline by which a government funding package must be passed.
H/T: The Hill
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