It is no surprise to many that House Speaker Johnson has proposed a plan to keep the government running. The plan entails a two-step short-term spending proposal that aims to prevent a partial government shutdown late next week.
The proposal, presented by Mike Johnson (R., La.), would keep money flowing to federal agencies into early next year. The plan has received mixed responses, with some Republicans expressing opposition to any temporary spending extension without cuts, while others focus on finalizing individual spending bills for the entire year.
The measure also wouldn’t impose spending cuts and wouldn’t implement tougher anti-immigration rules at the U.S.-Mexico border. However, it includes “appropriate adjustments to meet our national security priorities.”
As the deadline for the passing of the two-step plan approaches, there are signs of trouble from spending hawks within the Republican party. Representative Chip Roy (R., Texas) expressed opposition to the proposal. The former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) was ousted last month after endorsing a similar temporary spending bill.
If more than four Republicans vote against the measure, it will require Democrats to vote for it. The previous measure received more Democratic support than Republican votes before the government was set to shut down on Sept. 30.
It is unclear how the proposal will be received, with some people expressing doubt in Johnson’s leadership. Many people are unsure if Johnson will be able to garner enough support to pass the plan. The proposal has raised questions about Johnson’s leadership and whether he is any different from the previous Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Overall, Johnson’s plan to prevent a government shutdown has been met with a mix of support and opposition. The uncertainty surrounding the proposal and doubts about Johnson’s leadership have left many questioning the future of the plan. The looming deadline and the potential for a government shutdown have put pressure on Johnson to navigate through the challenges and ensure the government continues to run smoothly. As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen how Johnson will address the obstacles and secure the necessary support for his proposed plan.