The U.S. House of Representatives passed a stopgap bill to avert a government shutdown, marking a significant legislative step under Speaker Mike Johnson’s leadership. The bill, passed in a 336-95 vote, aims to prevent a shutdown before the Friday deadline. The legislation received overwhelming support from Democrats, despite reservations about its two-part structure.
The bill proposes a bifurcated approach, extending funding at current levels for some agencies until January 19 and others through February 2. It also extends the farm bill’s authorization until September 30. The Senate, where both party leaders support the bill, will now deliberate on it.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer expressed urgency in passing the resolution to avoid a shutdown before Thanksgiving. The bill’s passage represents an early achievement for Speaker Johnson, who assumed the role after former Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s removal.
Despite opposition from hard-line conservatives and the House Freedom Caucus, the bill lacked conservative policy riders or spending cuts, garnering Democratic support. However, it faced criticism for not including funding for Israel and Ukraine, as requested by President Biden.
The House now looks to address the next funding deadlines and pass the remaining appropriations bills amidst internal disagreements. Speaker Johnson has committed to regular order budgeting, ruling out future short-term spending bills.