As the week winds down, U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson steps into the spotlight with a critical task: preventing a government shutdown. The stakes are high, with the deadline just a week away.

The Republican Solution: A Two-Step Approach

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Unveiling a unique Republican stopgap measure, Johnson’s plan isn’t your usual fix.

It proposes funding certain government parts until January 19 and others until February 2 and to pass the measure quickly. 

Johnson’s Take: Positioning for Conservative Wins

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Johnson, determined to steer the ship, declared, “This two-step continuing resolution is a necessary bill to place House Republicans in the best position to fight for conservative victories.”

What’s Missing? Aid Funds Absent

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Notably, this stopgap doesn’t include supplemental funding, leaving out aid for key allies. 

The Race Against Time

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The House and Senate, led by Democrats, must find common ground quickly.

Without a spending agreement that President Joe Biden a shutdown looms.

White House Reaction: Calling It Unserious

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Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, didn’t mince words, labeling the proposal “just a recipe for more Republican chaos and more shutdowns.”

Moody’s Warning: A Credit Downgrade Looms

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Adding to the pressure, Moody’s recently downgraded the U.S. credit outlook. Why? Political polarization overspending.

A Balancing Act

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Johnson’s stopgap is a balancing act, aiming to appease hardliners wanting multiple end-dates and centrists desiring a ‘clean’ measure.

The Coverage: What’s Funded, What’s Not

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The plan covers military construction, veterans benefits, and more until January 19. Other federal operations get a February 2 extension.

Bipartisan Criticism: Quick Opposition

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Chip Roy from the House Freedom Caucus was quick to criticize, stating “My opposition to the clean (continuing resolution) just announced by the speaker … cannot be overstated.”

Super Convoluted

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On the other side, Democrat Brian Schatz called the measure “super convoluted,” and that “all of this nonsense costs taxpayer money”.

Schatz’s Vision

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Schatz is clear: “We are going to pass a clean short-term [resolution]. The only question is whether we do it stupidly and catastrophically or we do it like adults.”

Buying Time

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This stopgap aims to provide extra time for lawmakers to pass full-scale appropriations bills by September 30.

The Fallout: McCarthy’s Ousting

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Kevin McCarthy’s bipartisan approach to avert a shutdown on October 1 led to his removal by hardline Republicans, showcasing the party’s internal divisions.

The Final Countdown

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With the clock ticking, it’s a race against time for Congress to avert a shutdown and address the nation’s fiscal health.

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