Speaker Johnsons Strategic Maneuver Temporary Funding Bill Passed Amidst Bipartisan Divide

Written by on November 15, 2023

Speaker Johnson’s Strategic Maneuver: Temporary Funding Bill Passed Amidst Bipartisan Divide

Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist / Political Candidate

Speaker Johnson gets a win, sort of

Speaker Johnson gets a win, sort of


Speaker Johnson’s Strategic Maneuver: Temporary Funding Bill Passed Amidst Bipartisan Divide

In a significant turn of events on Capitol Hill, Speaker Mike Johnson celebrated what could be deemed his inaugural legislative triumph, albeit amidst a murmur of mixed responses. The House of Representatives resoundingly passed a stopgap funding measure, charting a course to circumvent a looming government shutdown by week’s end.

The Vote Breakdown:

In a notable 336-95 House vote, the bill emerged victorious, albeit with Speaker Johnson heavily relying on Democratic support to usher it across the finish line. A breakdown of the voting reveals a juxtaposition:
– Republican Camp: 127 votes in favor, with 95 votes in dissent
– Democratic Front: 209 votes in support, countered by a mere 2 opposing voices

Delving into the Details:

The House’s sanction of a ‘laddered’ continuing resolution denotes a tactical extension of current expenditure levels, stemming from the preceding Nancy Pelosi spending bill. It’s a strategic division:
– Programs encompassing veterans’ initiatives, transportation, housing, energy, and more face a January 19 funding cutoff.
– National security and defense allocations confront a looming expiration on February 2.

Speaker Johnson’s Assertion:

Defending this approach, Speaker Johnson highlights the tactic’s intent to exert pressure on Congress, compelling the prompt passage of requisite long-term appropriations bills.

Democratic Support: A Tactical Shift?

Democratic backing, it seems, stemmed from Speaker Johnson’s backtrack on prior stipulations. He relinquished former demands that sought spending cuts and border security inclusions within this interim legislation.

Future Projections:

Short-term prognosis anticipates Senate endorsement this week, setting the stage for President Biden’s anticipated signature. However, the long-term outlook hinges on Speaker Johnson’s prowess to navigate the next sixty days, maneuvering the passage of the twelve individual appropriations bills and curbing expenditures. Expect actionable directives in the following weeks to ensure accountability.

If you want a helpful explanation of this “Laddered” continuing resolution, Will Upton at The National Pulse broke it down for us: Read here.


[Source: The National Pulse]






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