The Wall Street Journal: GOP likely to back off contentious budget items to avoid April shutdown

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders signaled Tuesday that they were likely to exclude the most contentious provisions from legislation needed to keep the government running past April, de-escalating the partisan tensions that risk prompting a partial government shutdown at the end of next month.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) suggested that the House wouldn’t try to strip funding from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the women’s health provider, in a spending bill needed to fund the government after April 28, when current funding expires.

Separately, Sen. Roy Blunt (R., Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate GOP leadership, suggested that the April spending bill likely would exclude two other contentious provisions — President Donald Trump’s request to boost military spending and to start construction of a wall along the U.S.

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