Speaker Johnson on GOP Plan to Avert Government Shutdown: ‘Trust us’
Federal appropriations will lapse at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 18 if no agreement is met
Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) urged the public on Tuesday to "trust us" as he floated a plan to fund the government that is unlikely to pass the Senate, increasing the odds of a shutdown just 11 days before funds lapse.
Speaking to reporters at a news conference with the families of Israelis taken hostage by Hamas, Johnson referred to a closed-door meeting of House Republicans Tuesday morning as a "refreshing, constructive family conversation" as members of his caucus push competing approaches to funding the government.
Federal appropriations will lapse at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 18 if there is no action, affecting a wide array of federal services and the government’s roughly 2 million civilian and military employees. The imminent funding deadline joins a to-do list on Capitol Hill that includes emergency aid to Israel and Ukraine, which also have no obvious path to passage amid fierce disputes among lawmakers.
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