House Speaker Mike Johnson’s proposal to extend government funding beyond Friday is facing multiple obstacles this week as there is limited time to prevent a government shutdown..
revealed his temporary legislation
This Saturday, a bill will be proposed to continue funding for certain government agencies until January 19, and others until February 2. The bill does not include significant budget cuts as requested by conservative groups, and it also does not allocate funds for Ukraine, Israel, and the southern border.
The Louisiana Republican stated that the two-step plan aims to end the illogical tradition of introducing large and heavily-funded spending bills right before the Christmas break. This will put an end to the holiday-season omnibus tradition.
Removed him from the position, causing the lower chamber to be unable to pass any laws.
The Republican party was unable to reach a unanimous decision on who should take his place.
Several weeks have passed and Johnson finds himself in the same situation.
Roy stated on Monday to the press that he would not entertain the idea of a no-confidence vote for Johnson if the bill is approved by the House.
Earlier this month, it was acknowledged that a temporary spending bill, also known as a continuing resolution, is necessary to prevent a government shutdown. It was also mentioned that Republicans are exploring a different strategy for funding the government on a short-term basis.
The method he used was called a “laddered” continuing resolution, which would establish varying periods of funding for each appropriations bill. The bill he introduced on Saturday extends funding for programs related to veterans, transportation, housing, agriculture, and energy until Jan. 19. Funding for eight other appropriations bills, such as defense, would be extended until Feb. 2.
Last week, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York called the “laddered” approach a “nonstarter.” But the bill’s exclusion of spending cuts and amendments could make it more appealing to Democrats. Jeffries has said such a bill “is the only way forward.”
The White House released a statement on Saturday criticizing the bill as not being a serious proposal, but did not explicitly threaten to veto it. On Monday, President Biden indicated that he may consider signing it if it is approved by Congress.
“I will refrain from giving my opinion on which measures I would reject or approve, let’s see what they propose,” Mr. Biden stated to the press.
Most Senate Democrats have refrained from openly criticizing the bill. In a statement on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer acknowledged that the bill is not flawless, but emphasized that the key aspect is its exclusion of significant budget cuts and inclusion of defense spending in the February extension.
The Senate was scheduled to conduct a procedural vote on Monday evening regarding a bill that would serve as a temporary solution for funding, but the vote was postponed.
Schumer stated that they are postponing their plan to proceed with the Senate’s method in order to give the House the opportunity to go ahead with their proposal first.
Reporting was contributed by Jack Turman.