Newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson faces a challenging budget battle as the current law is set to expire, leaving no funds for the government.
Johnson’s plan to avoid a government shutdown involves a novel “staggered” budget process, which has garnered mixed reactions.
The Republican Party is split between two groups that feel oppositely about fiscal responsibility. The new plan will allow Congress to vote on smaller bills instead of anchoring the many elements of a massive budget to each other. (Trending: Court Hands Down Crucial 2nd Amendment Ruling)
Some members of Congress are openly against the strategy.
Sen. Shelley Moore (R-WV) said in response, “Having never heard of it before, I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
Sen. Collins (R-ME) expressed that she has “a lot of reservations” about the plan.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) outright said, “That’s the craziest, stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of.”
His caucus is divided, and with the 2024 election approaching, securing a budget win is crucial.
Johnson is also constrained by the “72-hour rule,” which gives politicians 72 hours to negotiate budgetary issues.
There is a group of Republicans that are willing to risk a government shutdown and Johnson has already witnessed what a small number of disgruntled members can unseat a Speaker of the House.
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