House Republicans are eyeing several possible solutions to the internal logjam that has made it impossible to pass government spending bills.
Why it matters: The government runs out of money on Sept. 30, giving the House just two weeks to pass legislation heading off a government shutdown.
What we’re hearing: Leaders of the right-wing Freedom Caucus and the pragmatist Main Street Caucus have been quietly meeting for several hours over the last two days, according to an aide and a lawmakers familiar with the talks.
Yes, but: That bill, called a continuing resolution, would be designed to pass along party lines in the GOP-led House — and face certain death in the Democratic-led Senate.
The big picture: Some members across the ideological spectrum are pushing for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to hold a vote next week on a Pentagon funding bill that was shelved Wednesday due to opposition from the right.
What we’re watching: The key question is whether the hardliners who have stymied McCarthy’s efforts to pass spending bills will continue to stand in the way.
The bottom line: “It’s not particularly pretty to watch, but I think pressure is pushing us towards a deal and … away from a shutdown” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a McCarthy ally who chairs the House Rules Committee.