Rep. John Rutherford (R-Florida) told The Hill’s Kevin Cirilli that lawmakers would avoid a government shutdown before the Nov. 17 deadline. Rutherford said Republicans would pressure President Biden and Democrats to strengthen border security, although Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said such policies lack support. of the Democratic-controlled upper house. Elsewhere, Rutherford said Republicans heading into 2024 should let states decide how best to respond to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade on the issue of abortion. This follows Ohio voters’ support for an amendment to the state constitution that would legalize abortion in the state. Rutherford said Republicans should focus on the economy through 2024, as Democrats won the Virginia legislature. Rutherford — who is supporting former President Donald Trump in 2024 — said Trump is the strongest candidate to take on Biden in the next presidential election, even if Trump does not participate in the Republican presidential debate. Rutherford said voters will be interested in international affairs, including the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel. Rutherford said he was not surprised that a bipartisan group of House members voted to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib for her comments against Israel.