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Ryan Says U.S. Spending Plan May Not Be Reached by Dec. 11

  • House speaker tells Republicans to brace for missed deadline
  • Republicans insist they won't shut down the federal government
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Paul Ryan: I'd Like to Think We Hit the Ground Running

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House Speaker Paul Ryan braced rank-and-file Republicans Thursday for the possibility that a deal won’t be reached with Democrats on a must-pass government spending bill before current funding expires after Dec. 11.

“We were told to be flexible at the end of next week," said Representative John Carter of Texas, describing Ryan’s advice to lawmakers at a closed-door meeting. “That means be ready to work Saturday and Sunday.”