Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., goes to want assist from House Democrats to cross his plan for averting a authorities shutdown this week.
Johnson is going through the primary massive legislative take a look at of his speakership because the deadline to fund the federal authorities, Nov. 17, quickly approaches.
He unveiled a attainable answer on Saturday within the type of a short-term authorities funding extension generally known as a unbroken decision (CR). However, its lack of spending cuts is threatening to convey deep cracks throughout the House GOP convention again to the floor, forcing the vast majority of Republicans to as soon as once more select between assembly GOP hardliner calls for or work with Democrats.
At least 5 House Republicans voiced opposition to the CR as of Monday morning: Reps. Chip Roy, R-Texas, Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, Bob Good, R-Va., Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and George Santos, R-N.Y.
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With only a razor-thin House majority, GOP management can solely lose 4 Republican votes to cross one thing solely on get together traces.
“My opposition to the clean CR just announced by the Speaker to the [House GOP] cannot be overstated. Funding [former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.] level spending & policies for 75 days – for future ‘promises,’’ Roy said on Saturday.
Good similarly blamed his opposition on a lack of conservative policy concessions and spending cuts.
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“I’m against the CR that has been proposed, as a result of it incorporates no spending reductions, no border safety, & no coverage wins for the American folks. I’m dedicated to working with Speaker Johnson & my House colleagues to chart a greater path ahead for our nation,” he said on Monday.
However, adding such cuts and riders to a CR would make it a nonstarter in the Democratically held Senate.
Both chambers of Congress need to agree on a path forward by Nov. 17 to avoid a shutdown. The central point both agree on is that some kind of temporary extension is needed to give lawmakers a chance to cobble together fiscal year 2024 spending priorities.
Johnson’s plan would create two separate deadlines for funding different parts of the government to set up more targeted goals to work toward.
It first forces lawmakers to reckon with some of the traditionally less controversial appropriations bills — those concerning military construction and Veterans Affairs; Agriculture; Energy and Water; Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. The remaining eight appropriations bills must be worked out by Feb. 2.
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Several Democrats have already decried it, but the House Democratic leadership has yet to specifically come out against Johnson’s plan.
Democrats had been publicly opposed to his idea of staggering deadlines, preferring a straightforward single “clear” funding extension. However, the lack of spending cuts is likely to win support of at least several left-wing lawmakers.
House GOP leaders are expected to hold at least a procedural vote to advance the bill on Tuesday.
Divisions over spending have been one of the main flashpoints in a heavily fractured House GOP conference. Putting a clean CR on the floor cost ex-Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., his job.
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However, while Johnson appears to have started his tenure with more goodwill than the previously ousted leader, the current CR fight is beginning to expose those same cracks.
Freedom Caucus Chair Scott Perry, R-Pa., a key leader on the right, suggested Monday morning that he was also unhappy with Johnson’s plan: “I can’t help a establishment that fails to acknowledge fiscal irresponsibility, and modifications completely nothing whereas emboldening a do-nothing Senate and a fiscally illiterate President.”