Speaker Mike Johnson achieved his first significant legislative win as the House passed a temporary funding bill, avoiding a government shutdown.
The bill, approved with a vote of 336-95, saw support from Democrats, as 209 of them voted for it. (A real miracle considering how often the demorats vote NO on any republican bill.)
The legislation extends funding at current levels, with different expiration dates for various sectors, such as January 19 for veterans programs and February 2 for national security and defense.
Speaker Johnson’s strategy aims to pressure Congress into passing long-term appropriations bills. Democrats supported the bill after Johnson dropped earlier demands for spending cuts and border security.
The Senate is expected to pass the bill soon, with the focus shifting to passing individual appropriations bills and reducing spending in the next two months.