House Republican leaders sent their members home for a six-day break Thursday without revealing any plan to avoid a looming government shutdown.
In Paul Ryan's waning days as House speaker, leaders are wavering about whether to try to pass a spending bill with the $5 billion President Donald Trump is demanding for his wall at the Mexican border. Senate Republicans also haven't announced any plan to fund the government.
At one point, third-ranking House Republican Steve Scalise of Louisiana said Thursday the House would "move a bill" containing the $5 billion. But minutes later, second-ranking GOP leader Kevin McCarthy of California responded to a reporters' question, "I didn't hear him say that" and then added, "Interesting."
Speaking on the House floor, Mr. McCarthy said plans for next week were "fluid and subject to change." He said lawmakers likely would be asked to return to Washington on Wednesday evening.
Funding for some agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, is set to run out after Dec. 21, and Trump says he'll block any bill funding those agencies unless he gets the money for the wall. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in line to become speaker in January, had a contentious meeting Tuesday with Mr. Trump in the Oval Office, where the president said he would be "proud to shut down the government for border security."
House Appropriations members Robert Aderholt of Alabama, chairman of the subcommittee on agriculture, Steve Womack of Arkansas and Tom Rooney of Florida said Thursday no plan to avoid a shutdown has been presented to the rank and file.
Mr. Schumer insisted Thursday that Democrats won't provide the border funds, but that they're ready to pass spending bills to keep government agencies open.