On Monday, Johnson announced a two-step continuing resolution plan in place to avoid a government shutdown. First, four appropriations bills would be extended until Jan. 19, and then the remaining eight bills would be extended until Feb. 2. “This new model will finally change the long-established, unlawful dynamics of government funding,” the speaker’s office said in a news release. “The Two-Step CR extending beyond the end of the calendar year will ensure that the House is no longer forced to vote on the eve of the holidays on trillions of dollars in federal spending encompassed within bloated, thousand-page spending bills that few people have read.” One sore spot with Johnson’s plan, according to Texas Rep. Chip Roy, is that it doesn’t include anything to address the crisis at the nation’s southern border. “It’s absurd that we’re continuing to fund [the Department of Homeland Security despite its ongoing issues],” Roy said, according to The Hill. “Mike ought to know better, and Republicans who are thinking about supporting this ought to know better.” Rep. Scott Perry, the Freedom Caucus chairman, made it crystal clear that his caucus would not budge on this matter. “I will not support a status quo that fails to acknowledge fiscal irresponsibility, and changes absolutely nothing while emboldening a do-nothing Senate and a fiscally illiterate President,” the Pennsylvania Republican said in a post on X.
HFC Official Position on CR: No More “Rolling Over Today To Fight Tomorrow” pic.twitter.com/8rE2VbRCbe— House Freedom Caucus (@freedomcaucus) November 14, 2023
A vote on the plan was expected Tuesday. Without a deal in place, the government is on track to shut down at 12:01 a.m. ET Saturday.
I will not support a status quo that fails to acknowledge fiscal irresponsibility, and changes absolutely nothing while emboldening a do-nothing Senate and a fiscally illiterate President.— RepScottPerry (@RepScottPerry) November 13, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.