GOP struggling to embrace stopgap funding plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders are struggling to unite the GOP rank and file behind a temporary funding measure that’s needed to prevent the government from shutting down at midnight Friday.

Republicans leaving a closed-door meeting in the Capitol on Wednesday say the plan faces opposition from some defense hawks, as well as lawmakers worrying that an $81 billion disaster aid bill might get left behind in the rush to exit Washington for the holidays.

Lawmakers say that the GOP vote-counting team would assess support for the plan and that Republican leaders would set a course of action from there.

Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions says “there’s no specific direction right now” about the path forward.

Democrats oppose the bill because their priorities on immigration and funding for domestic programs aren’t being addressed.