Republicans seek to avoid shutdown in two-tier plan

House Speaker Mike Johnson wants to avoid a government shutdown by extending funding for some agencies and programs until Jan. 19, and continuing funding for others until Feb. 2. The unusual approach brought criticism.

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November 13, 2023 - 2:48 PM

Newly elected U.S. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) delivers remarks with fellow Republicans on the East Front steps of the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 25, 2023. After a contentious nominating period that has seen four candidates over a three-week period, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) was voted in to succeed former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who was ousted on October 4 in a move led by a small group of conservative members of his own party. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Mike Johnson unveiled his proposal on Saturday to avoid a partial government shutdown by extending government funding for some agencies and programs until Jan. 19 and continuing funding for others until Feb. 2.

The approach is unusual for a stopgap spending bill. Usually, lawmakers extend funding until a certain date for all programs. Johnson decided to go with the combination approach, addressing concerns from GOP lawmakers seeking to avoid being presented with a massive spending bill just before the holidays.

“This two-step continuing resolution is a necessary bill to place House Republicans in the best position to fight for conservative victories,” Johnson said in a statement after speaking with GOP lawmakers in an afternoon conference call. “The bill will stop the absurd holiday-season omnibus tradition of massive, loaded up spending bills introduced right before the Christmas recess.”

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