In the first major test of his leadership, Speaker Mike Johnson’s funding bill to avert a government shutdown successfully passed in the House of Representatives. The vote concluded with a decisive 336 in favor and 95 against, highlighting a noteworthy show of support, as Democrats rallied behind Johnson’s initiative.
“House Democrats have repeatedly articulated that any continuing resolution must be set at the fiscal year 2023 spending level, be devoid of harmful cuts and free of extreme right-wing policy riders. The continuing resolution before the House today meets that criteria and we will support it,” House Minority leader Hakeem Jeffries and House Democratic leaders said in a joint statement ahead of the vote.
The bill faced opposition from a faction comprising 93 Republicans and two Democrats. Despite this, the two-step plan outlined in the bill secures funding until January 19 for critical priorities, encompassing military construction, Veterans Affairs, transportation, housing, and the Energy Department. Notably, the second step of the plan extends funding for the remaining sectors of the government, not covered by the initial step, until February 2, 2024.
To ensure the continuity of government operations and avert a potential shutdown, the responsibility now falls on the Democrat-led Senate to approve the measure before the looming Friday deadline.
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