Rep. Mike Johnson, the 56th speaker of the House, is now facing challenges in garnering votes to avoid a government shutdown, despite his popularity among House Republicans.
The failure of bills funding various government departments underscores the difficulty Johnson faces in uniting the party, with concerns from both moderates and hardliners.
The House Republicans, recognizing the need for a win, are eager to support Johnson, but doubts remain surrounding his ability to swiftly pass a plan.
Additionally, there are concerns about the party’s ability to pass a stopgap funding bill, given the internal disagreements and current absence of a budget resolution.
“Many of us want to support the speaker, and if he provides leadership and however he decides to go through this procedurally, I think the conference is going to support it,” said Rep. John Duarte (R-CA).
“We like him. We want him to be successful. The tectonics are still the same as they were under Kevin McCarthy.”
“It’s important that the conference get behind him and help him,” stated Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX).
“The new speaker is the new speaker and very new. I think he’s handled this pretty cavalierly, frankly,” said Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD). “We should have done something this week.”
“We’ve got seven appropriations bills passed. How many has the Senate passed? You guys run cameras over there?” said Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX).
“I got everybody [among Republicans] in the committee to support it, and they are a great representative sample of the different districts and the politics of everybody’s districts,” House Budget Chairman Jodey Arrington (R-TX) said.
These challenges have led to suggestions of alternative strategies, but consensus within the party remains elusive.
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