Senate Republicans are growing concerned that rising tensions between President Trump and Speaker…

Senate Republicans are growing concerned that rising tensions between President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night voteWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named basesEsper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protestsMORE and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate namesBlack lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from CapitolPelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in NovemberMORE (D-Calif.) could lead to a shutdown fight just weeks before the election and threaten their slim majority in the chamber. 
There is widespread anxiety among GOP senators that Trumps penchant for picking fights is a political liability as his response to nationwide protests against police brutality appears to be the cause of his declining approval ratings.
Republicans are now worried that hes likely to pick a fight with Pelosi in September over government funding for the next fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1.
Trumps and Pelosis relationship has only gotten worse since the 35-day government shutdown at the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019. The president regularly refers to her as “Crazy Nancy,” and last month Pelosi called him “morbidly obese.”
GOP lawmakers say the last thing they need a few weeks before the Nov. 3 election is a spending standoff and possible government shutdown, especially with 23 Senate Republican seats up for reelection and only 12 Democratic seats at stake.
The Senate has yet to pass any of the 12 appropriations bills. In the House, Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyOvernight Defense: Army now willing to rename bases named after Confederates | Dems demand answers on ‘unfathomable’ nuke testing discussions | Pentagon confirms death of north African al Qaeda leaderTop Democrats demand answers on Trump administration’s ‘unfathomable’ consideration of nuclear testingHouse Democrats set tight schedule for 2021 spending billsMORE (D-N.Y.) announced that she intends to hold all subcommittee and full committee markups the weeks of July 6 and July 13.
Some Senate Republicans are discussing moving legislation that would prevent a government shutdown even if the annual appropriations bills havent been passed. The GOP senators say theyve gotten a commitment from GOP leaders for a vote in the coming weeks.
Theres some of us that would like to get back on that, Sen. Mike BraunMichael BraunSenate advances public lands bill in late-night voteSenate at logjam over changing ‘qualified immunity’ for policeTrump tweets spark fresh headache for RepublicansMORE (R-Ind.) said after Republicans discussed it at a recent lunch meeting. It has to do with the general dysfunction that we have here.
He said Thursday the goal is to get something in place before a shutdown scenario arises and to have it there where you get rid of shutting down the government as a lever that can be used by whoever chooses to do it.
Braun added that theres strong Republican support for the legislation, but it faces an uphill path to securing support from Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: US showing signs of retreat in battle against COVID-19 | Regeneron begins clinical trials of potential coronavirus antibody treatment | CMS warns nursing homes against seizing residents’ stimulus checksSchumer requests briefing with White House coronavirus task force as cases riseSchumer on Trump’s tweet about 75-year-old protester: He ‘should go back to hiding in the bunker’MORE (D-N.Y.) and other Democrats who worry that automatically defaulting to long-term stopgap spending measures could take pressure off Congress to pass new spending bills every year.
Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyCan he really do that? Yes, he probably can because Congress let himExclusive investigation on the coronavirus pandemic: Where was Congress? GOP’s Obama-era probes fuel Senate angstMORE (Vt.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, has previously opposed legislation that would permanently enact appropriations if Congress failed to act or the president vetoed spending legislation.
Some moderate Democrats, however, have expressed support in the past for legislation to prevent future shutdowns.
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Braun said even if the legislation doesnt become law, it would at least put Senate Republicans on record opposing a shutdown ahead of an anticipated fight over a stopgap spending measure to keep government agencies operating beyond Sept. 30. 
If Schumer and/or Pelosi wants to keep that open as an option, I think it will be pretty easy to connect the dots on whose fault it would be if we ever have a government shutdown, he said.
To me it would be the biggest thing we could do to at least be able to hold a stronger bargaining position that the government cant shut down, he said.
Theres concern among Republicans over which party would get the blame for a shutdown only a few weeks before an election in which Democrats are seen as having a growing chance of capturing the Senate GOP majority.
GOP lawmakers felt burned after the 2018-2019 shutdown, which was provoked by a fight primarily between Trump and Democratic leaders over the presidents demand for $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate subcommittee: IRS should increase oversight of tax-prep companies in Free File programSenate report: Chinese telecom firms operated in US without proper oversight for decadesGOP’s Obama-era probes fuel Senate angstMORE (R-Ohio) and a group of Senate Republicans have proposed the End Government Shutdowns Act, which would set up an automatic continuing resolution for any regular appropriations bill or existing stopgap spending measure to keep the federal government open when negotiations falter before key spending deadlines, according to an official summary of the proposal. 
Braun said Republican senators hope to merge that with a measure he and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) sponsored — the No Budget, No Pay Act — that would require Congress to pass an annual budget and meet appropriations bill deadlines or forgo their own salaries until those goals are met. It passed out of the Senate Homeland Security Committee last year.
At this point I think theres going to be unanimity on just jumping on one, he said, adding it was discussed by members of the Senate GOP Steering Committee among those of us who want to pick something that we can all go arm-in-arm with.
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Lee confirmed that government shutdown prevention legislation was discussed at one of the Senate Republican Steering Committees recent lunches.
I like it, he said. Were cosponsors of several iterations of that.
Its always a concern, Lee said of a potential shutdown fight in September. Thats why we need reforms. 
Id like to take that risk off the table, he said.