Speaker Mike Johnson was forced on Tuesday to rely on Democratic votes as the House passed legislation to keep federal funding flowing into early 2024, after scores of Republicans opposed his plan to avert a government shutdown at the end of the week.
Almost all Democrats and a majority of Republicans overcame the opposition of G.O.P. conservatives to approve the bill under special expedited procedures that required a supermajority. That approach, hatched by Mr. Johnson in his first weeks as speaker, amounted to a gamble that a substantial number of Democrats would rally to help pass a package that Mr. Johnson’s own members were unwilling to back.
-Catie Edmondson reporting from Capitol Hill for the New York Times
Yay! The government will stay open for the rest of the year and into 2024.
Boo! As someone in the comments section of this article says: ‘How is our government supposed to take care of “the people’s business” when it can’t even keep its own business open for more than a few weeks at a time?’