A day after Democrats in the House and Senate called for a shutdown of the government, GOP leaders said they would leave open the possibility of making changes to the $16.7 trillion bill.
“I would love to get it passed, but we can do it,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters after a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill, where Democrats held their weekly policy conference.
“We’ve got a chance to make it bipartisan,” she said.
“We have to keep our options open.”
In the House, Rep. Scott Peters (D) of California said he was willing to negotiate a compromise that included a provision to defund President Donald Trump’s signature healthcare law, which has drawn bipartisan support in the Senate.
Democrats have said they’d like to see a full repeal of the healthcare law before they consider the package of reforms that would fund government operations.
The Republican-led Senate is expected to take up the House version of the bill on Thursday and could pass it with GOP support, although Democrats and other Republicans are likely to oppose it.
The bill would raise taxes on the wealthy and eliminate federal spending to help pay for healthcare for millions of people, while keeping the government open.
Democrats are concerned about potential cost-cutting measures that could be included in the legislation, and some Republicans have expressed concern about the timing of a full-fledged shutdown, particularly as Republicans are pushing for a debt deal to pay for the healthcare legislation.
Democrats will hold their weekly conference in the Capitol on Wednesday.