The US House Republicans internal difference’s ARE still present after they elected a new House Speaker….
The US Senate and President Biden have been quietly standing on the sidelines….
Some legisltive actions have passed thru…
But the Spending and Defense Bill’s are shaping up to be problems….
The government shut down pressure is about begin with 10 days left before a shutdown would begin to kick in….
Democrats will do some horse trading….
President Biden HAS moved on a Southern Border Bill….
But cuts to the IRS, which would make the deficit worse seems off the table for Democrats….
And Senate leader McConnell supports Biden’s call for Israel AND Ukraine aid to be passed in one bill….
This is gonna get interesting….
House Republicans entered a closed-door conference meeting Tuesday morning hoping to find some consensus on a spending plan. Instead, they came out more confused — with only 10 days left until a potential shutdown.
Speaker Mike Johnson laid out two possible approaches he’d recently started floating to members: a “clean” continuing resolution, which would keep the government funded through mid-January, or a so-called laddered CR, which would set different deadlines on different tranches of government funding. If Republicans couldn’t agree on either of those options, Johnson said, the Democratic-controlled Senate could jam the House GOP with its own mammoth spending bill.
That warning didn’t move the needle, as Republicans left the meeting starkly divided on which path to take.
“There’s too many ideas right now, which is fine — the speaker wants us to have an open forum to debate it,” said Rep. Richard McCormick (R-Ga.). “But now there’s so many ideas, we have to figure out how to whittle it down.”
Other lawmakers were more direct. One GOP member, granted anonymity to speak frankly, called the meeting a “train wreck,” while Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) described the path forward as “clear as mud.”
Republicans painted the meeting as a temperature check, arguing that Johnson was hearing out members before he settled on a plan. It’s a similar tack former Speaker Kevin McCarthy tried to take back in September, before it became obvious that no proposal could pass the House without help from Democrats. The same battle lines are there: Some members are embracing a clean, short-term spending bill, while others are already vehemently opposed.
“I would argue that the preference is not for a clean CR. … It’s not going to be the one that gets 218 votes,” said Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.), the chair of the Republican Study Committee.
Now, it seems inevitable that Johnson will have to push forward on shutdown-averting legislation that at least some of his conference is loath to support. Some conservatives are already vowing to oppose a “clean” short-term funding patch, including Reps. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) and Andy Ogles (R-Tenn.). If Johnson loses more than four GOP votes, he would need Democratic support to clear any funding bill through the House, just as McCarthy did. However, some believe Johnson will be given more latitude than his predecessor.
“I’m not going to tell you what the CR will entail yet,” Johnson told reporters after the meeting.
Meanwhile, many appropriators, centrists and other members are advocating for a clean bill…..