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Will Johnson's Government Funding Plan Get the Job Done?

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has announced a funding plan to avoid a government shutdown that faces an uphill battle in the Democrat-controlled Senate and has some House Republicans wondering how it would work.

Key Quotes: “My opposition to the clean CR just announced by the Speaker to the @HouseGOP cannot be overstated. Funding Pelosi level spending & policies for 75 days – for future ‘promises,’” Rep. Chip Roy (TX) wrote Saturday on X. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) stated that “by adopting the Freedom Caucus’s extreme ‘laddered CR’ approach, Speaker Johnson is setting up a system that will double the number of shutdown showdowns."

For Context: The current stopgap bill expires this week, and Congress needs to approve a CR by Friday night to avoid a shutdown. If Johnson's two-tiered approach fails, he plans to propose a full-year stopgap bill.

How the Media Covered it: Some left-rated sources noted that Johnson's plan lacks sweeping cuts desired by some House Republicans and would need the help of House Democrats to pass. Some right-rated outlets noted that Republican budget hawks won't like keeping spending at current levels, but that keeping spending steady is a step in the right direction.

Posted on 13 Nov 2023 15:35 link