Government shutdown is averted for a few weeks, but there’s still a bad taste in everyone’s mouths

January 19 – Just before the snow hit DC, lawmakers passed legislation that would avoid a government shutdown – until March. 

The stop gap measure will continue funding the government, adding to the already incredible amount of debt the government has accrued, and many are wondering how anything will be resolved once March rolls around. 

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out this is a “repeat of the same dumb thing they do over and over and remember this is partially what took Kevin McCarthy out was an agreement like this. It’s interesting that Johnson who seems to be trying to hold the line at least for the spending tied to the Ukrainian, Israel and the border for the time being, but sad that we keep doing this.” 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “This is the topic and all of the DC newsletters this morning. There’s some real animosity developing again in that House Republican caucus. Marjorie Taylor Greene saying she is now inclined to do a motion to vacate, to try to oust speaker Johnson. There’s this really curious reporting that the Democrats may be lining up to save Johnson, that Trump and other key conservatives, they’re saying they don’t want Johnson now to make a deal on border security. They think this is a good political issue for the Republicans this year. But then you have some other Republicans on the record saying this is absurd. If there’s a deal on the table, we don’t care who gets credit for it. We’ve got a crisis. We need to fix it. So just real turmoil.”

House Speaker Mike Johnson met yesterday with President Biden and US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and could be making some handshake deals – the same ones that caused Kevin McCarthy’s ouster as speaker. 

Barkdoll said, “So it’s going to be really interesting to see what happens with Speaker Johnson here.”

Jansen added, “Although he’s been on the different shows saying very strongly that the border, they’ve got to get either the bill that they passed for the border HR 2 or something, whether it’s that exact bill or not, it has to, in effect, do the same thing, he’s proclaiming or they will not give them the funding that they want for Ukraine. So it’s going to be interesting to see if he’s really going to be tough on that and have enough faith in the other Republicans in the House to really stand their ground on that. That’ll be the next test for him provided nothing else odd happens.”

Barkdoll said, “Remember, we’re only a few weeks away from the special election on that George Santo seat. So if that flips, the Republican majority is going to be down to two. It only took eight votes to oust McCarthy and that’s why it’s very interesting in all this DC reporting this morning, it looks like you’ve got maybe a dozen or so Democrats that are saying they’re prepared to save speaker Johnson if the Republicans try to oust him, assuming that he gets these things on the floor related to the bipartisan Senate deal on border security and Ukraine and Israeli aid. So it’s going to be an interesting process to watch. They’re out of session now. They left last night. I think they’ll return sometime next week. Again under those new rules, anyone could just get up on the floor and make a motion to vote Johnson out of the speakership.”