Speaker Ryan: Government Shutdown Not Likely

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., emerges from a closed-door GOP strategy session at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Speaker Paul Ryan emerges from a closed-door GOP strategy session at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday said he does not anticipate a government shutdown and that lawmakers are moving ahead on legislation to fund federal agencies.

“I have no reason to believe that we’ll have a government shutdown,” Ryan said in an interview on the MSNBC.

“The Appropriations Committee, they’re working day and night negotiating a government funding bill. Those negotiations are ongoing right now.”