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“Total Embarrassment”: Republican Senator Criticizes Mike Johnson over Delayed Funding Agreement

Republican Senator Josh Hawley expressed impatience on Tuesday as Congress faces the possibility of another government shutdown due to delays in reaching a funding agreement.

Meeting with Congressional Leaders

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President Joe Biden convened a meeting with Congressional leaders from both parties, including House Speaker Mike Johnson, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries.

Government Funding Shutdown Discussed

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The discussions aimed to address various legislative matters, including government funding to prevent a shutdown and military aid for Ukraine and Israel.

Senator Hawley’s Criticism

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Speaking to CNN’s Manu Raju, Senator Hawley criticized the prolonged delay in reaching a funding agreement, emphasizing that the issue should have been resolved months ago.

My Patience Has Run Out

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“This was supposed to be done in September. I mean, this is now almost March? Well, this is just ridiculous. They have agreement on the top line. They’ve had it since January. This is why I voted against the last CR. They’ve just been kicking the can down the road. I can’t believe that they didn’t get work done over the weekend. They had months to do this stuff. I mean, I—my patience has run out,” Hawley said.

Blame on Both Sides

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Senator Hawley assigned blame to both Democratic and Republican leadership for the delay, stating that “Yeah, of course. Yeah, all of them. Yeah. They’re all the blame. I mean at this point it’s just it’s absurd, I think.” He emphasized the need for urgency in addressing critical legislative matters.

Johnson’s Assurance

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Meanwhile, House Speaker Mike Johnson reassured reporters that efforts were underway to prevent a government shutdown.

However, the lack of a compromise could lead to a partial shutdown if an agreement is not reached soon.

Biden’s Remarks

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President Biden acknowledged the importance of bipartisan cooperation in finding solutions to key issues, including funding the government.

He expressed optimism about reaching a resolution but emphasized the need for urgent action.

Previous Criticism by Senator Hawley

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Senator Hawley’s frustration with GOP leadership is not unprecedented.

Earlier this month, he criticized Republican leadership as a “total embarrassment” following the Senate’s failure to pass bipartisan legislation addressing immigration and border security issues.

Backlash Over Legislation

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The Senate’s failure to pass bipartisan legislation addressing immigration and border security has led to backlash from conservatives.

Senator Hawley, among others, expressed disappointment with GOP leadership’s handling of the matter, highlighting deep divisions within the party.

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