Speaker Mike Johnson’s First Major Test Just Three Weeks into Leadership
Written By Shafeek Ahmad, Published On 14-November-2023, 11:15 AM EST.
Washington, D.C. – In a critical move to avert a government shutdown, the House of Representatives is set to vote on Tuesday afternoon on Speaker Mike Johnson’s proposed plan. Johnson, a Louisiana Republican, is facing his first significant challenge since assuming the top leadership role.Speaker Mike Johnson is gearing up for a House vote on his stopgap spending plan. | Credits Getty Images
With government funding set to expire on Friday, the consensus among congressional leaders is the necessity for a short-term extension of last year’s priorities, commonly referred to as a continuing resolution (CR). Johnson’s innovative “laddered” approach introduces two distinct funding deadlines for Congress’ 12 individual appropriations bills.
The proposed plan suggests a Jan. 19 deadline for four of the less traditionally controversial bills and a Feb. 2 deadline for the remaining bills, including defense spending. However, the absence of spending cuts or conservative policy riders, typically present in a CR, has ignited significant opposition from the right wing of the House Republican Conference.
The hardline-right House Freedom Caucus officially expressed its opposition to the bill, asserting that it lacks spending reductions, border security measures, and meaningful wins for the American people. The caucus emphasized the need for bold change and urged Republicans to stop negotiating against themselves.
Speaker Johnson defended the bill on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning, characterizing it as a paradigm shift. He highlighted its potential to prevent the last-minute imposition of a Christmas omnibus spending bill with thousands of pages.
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