Here’s how to keep a GOP-dominated Congress from blowing up.
The White House is already facing questions about its ability to handle the influx of refugees.
A report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday that Trump will need to find an additional $4 billion to offset his proposed border wall, which has sparked fierce criticism from Democrats and some Republicans.
The House GOP has not announced whether it will support the measure, and it’s unclear how many members are willing to vote for it.
House Speaker Paul Ryan is facing pressure to pass the legislation, especially from his own party, with some Republicans suggesting they might support it.
The chamber could also be pushed toward a vote on a debt ceiling increase, though the White House has been saying for months that it won’t support a debt limit increase.
The CBO report found that the government would be short more than $2 trillion by 2027 if Congress didn’t act on a spending package.
And the report added that the bill would reduce the government’s deficit by $1.6 trillion, compared to the previous decade.
“This bill will be more harmful to the economy than the debt ceiling bill that passed in September.
In particular, the bill is far less harmful to future generations than the bipartisan legislation that passed last year,” CBO President Doug Elmendorf wrote in a statement.”
While the debt-ceiling increase would not be permanent, it would offset the cumulative effect of the debt increase.”
Democrats have criticized Ryan for not taking the White Houses advice to pass a spending bill and instead pushing a bill through the House without a vote, which would have required a two-thirds majority in both chambers.
On Thursday, a number of House Republicans said they would oppose the spending bill if it included the border wall.
The bill is expected to be voted on by the House next week, though it’s not clear when it would be considered by the Senate.