Lawmakers have less than a week to reach an agreement on a funding bill in order to prevent a government shutdown. House Speaker Mike Johnson has proposed a plan that would extend government funding for certain agencies, such as veterans programs, until January 19th, while funding for other spending bills including defense, the state department, and Homeland Security would be extended until February 2nd. This combination approach is aimed at addressing concerns from GOP lawmakers who want to avoid a massive spending bill before the holidays. The speaker assures that they are working through the process in a way that will make the people proud, although it may not be as smooth as expected.
However, the speaker’s bill does not include funding for President Biden’s requests for Israel, Ukraine, or the US Southern border. The White House has referred to the house speaker’s plan as extreme. A vote on the deal could take place on Tuesday, and the deadline to pass a bill is this Friday..