Hoping to prevent a
The Republican speaker insisted the plan remained a work in progress as leaders tried to round up support. The immigration agencies would be funded only on a short-term basis until early next year, when the next
Whether the Ohio Republican can keep his troops in line before next week's deadline to keep the government running remains to be seen. After emerging from a closed-door meeting with lawmakers Tuesday, he sounded a cautionary note.
But Republican leadership bristles at that approach, worried that a prolonged budget battle over immigration will derail their agenda as the new majority party.
Others took a more practical approach, warning that the party should not be considering a shutdown as it is about to ascend to the Senate majority.
"Don't attack the enemy when you have reinforcements on the way," said veteran Rep.