1. Home
  2. /
  3. Politics
  4. /
  5. Slideshow
  6. /
  7. Conservative Discontent Challenges Speaker...

Conservative Discontent Challenges Speaker Johnson’s Funding Agreement

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) is facing a significant challenge in securing a government funding deal. His task is made difficult by strong opposition from conservative members of his conference.

Reliance on Democratic Support

Credit: DepositPhotos

Elected after his predecessor was ousted for collaborating with Democrats, Johnson may now need to rely on the minority party to pass his funding deal. This situation arises amid discontent from the right wing of his party.

Tight Deadline for Government Funding

Credit: DepositPhotos

With a slim House GOP majority, Johnson is working against a tight deadline. The government faces a partial shutdown if a funding bill isn’t signed into law by January 19.

Read More: Former CIA Chief Predicts Russian President Putin’s Imminent Ouster

Political Minefield for Johnson

Credit: DepositPhotos

Navigating the path to a funding agreement is expected to be a complex political challenge for Johnson. This comes despite many Republicans’ desire to avoid a repeat of the chaos seen in the House last October.

Congressional Leaders Announce Spending Deal

Credit: DepositPhotos

Congressional leaders recently announced a top-line spending deal. The deal includes a $1.59 trillion base top line, with an additional $69 billion for nondefense spending.

House Freedom Caucus Opposition

Credit: Depositphotos

The House Freedom Caucus, comprising about three dozen members, has criticized the deal. They labeled it a “total failure” in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Also Read: U.S. Intelligence Reveals Chinese Spy Balloon’s Connection to American Internet Provider

Johnson’s Acknowledgment of Discontent

In a “Dear Colleague” letter, Johnson acknowledged the dissatisfaction with the spending levels. He highlighted some successes, including IRS funding clawbacks and cuts to COVID-era funds.

Potential Government Shutdown Over Border Policy

Credits: DepositPhotos

Some GOP members are pushing for a shutdown if the Biden administration doesn’t agree to border policy changes. This debate is tied to a separate spending package that includes Ukraine aid.

Procedural Vote Challenges

Johnson faces a critical decision on whether to use a process that limits conservatives’ ability to block appropriations bills. This process could bypass procedural votes, which are typically opposed by the minority party.

Read More: President Biden Proposes Plans for Social Security

Democratic Support for the Deal

With the approval of Democratic leaders and President Biden, Johnson is likely to gain sufficient Democratic support. This support could compensate for any GOP defections on the final passage of the appropriations legislation.

Uncertainty Over Republican Support

Credit: DepositPhotos

It’s uncertain whether any Republicans will oppose the procedural votes. Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) expressed his dissatisfaction but is waiting to see the specifics before deciding his stance.

Suspension of the Rules as an Option

Credit: DepositPhotos

Leaders could use a process known as suspension of the rules to bypass the procedural vote. This method requires two-thirds support of the chamber and is typically reserved for noncontroversial legislation.

Also Read: New Mask Mandates Issued in California, Illinois, New York in Response to Surge in COVID Hospitalizations

Rep. Tim Burchett’s Comments

Credit: The Hill

Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) indicated that some conservatives might oppose the rule if appropriations bills go through regular order. He suggested that Johnson might have to bring up the bills under suspension.

Johnson’s Previous Use of Suspension Process

Credit: GettyImages

Johnson previously used the suspension process to pass crucial legislation. However, this approach was criticized by hard-line conservatives.

Pressure from Shutdown Deadlines

Credit: DepositPhotos

With the top line set, there’s a rush to draft and pass bills that meet these levels before the deadlines. Johnson has stated he will not pass another short-term resolution, raising the possibility of a shutdown.

Read More: Lawmakers Rally Against Biden’s Ceiling Fan Energy Regulation

Funding Deadlines and Legislative Schedule

The House faces a tight schedule with funding deadlines looming. Johnson could call members to stay in session to meet these deadlines.

More from The Stock Dork – Private U.S. Military Company in Discussion with Central African Republic

Credits: DepositPhotos

Private U.S. Military Company in Discussion with Central African Republic

More from The Stock Dork – House Republicans Announce Impeachment Proceedings Against Mayorkas

Credits: DepositPhotos

House Republicans Announce Impeachment Proceedings Against Mayorkas

More from The Stock Dork – New Mask Mandates Issued in California, Illinois, New York in Response to Surge in COVID Hospitalizations

Credits: DepositPhotos

New Mask Mandates Issued in California, Illinois, New York in Response to Surge in COVID Hospitalizations

More from The Stock Dork – Trump’s Legal Team Demands Access to Classified Documents, Criticizes ‘Frivolous’ Claims

Credits: DepositPhotos

Trump’s Legal Team Demands Access to Classified Documents, Criticizes ‘Frivolous’ Claims

More from The Stock Dork – Former Iowa Rep. Steve King Backs Vivek Ramaswamy

Credits: DepositPhotos