House Speaker Paul Ryan believes he has the votes in the lower chamber to pass a bipartisan two-year budget deal unveiled Wednesday, the Wisconsin Republican said Thursday.
“I think we will. I feel good,” Ryan told radio host Hugh Hewitt when asked if the votes are there in the House. “Part of it depends on the Democrats. This is a bipartisan bill. It’s going to need bipartisan support. We are going to deliver our share of support. I feel very good about Republicans.”
The two-year budget deal, rolled out by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., boosts spending for defense and non-defense programs by $300 billion.
The plan also provides $70 billion in funding for federal disaster relief and money for community health centers.
Congress has until midnight to pass a government spending bill or the federal government will partially shut down.
The plan is expected to pass the Senate, but it could face an uphill battle in the House, where conservatives and Democrats have taken issue with the proposal.
The House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative lawmakers, took an official position opposing the deal Wednesday.
“We support funding for our military, but growing the size of government by 13 percent adds to the swamp instead of draining it,” the group said in a statement. “This is not what the American people sent us here to do.”
Democrats in the lower chamber, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have said they will oppose the budget deal unless Ryan commits to holding debate and a vote on an immigration bill.
Despite the opposition from some lawmakers, Paul said he feels confident the budget deal will pass.
“I think we will get this done,” he told Hugh Hewitt. “I feel good about it.”