Congress looks to pass $1.2 trillion plan before deadline

by ian


The House passed its $1.2 trillion spending package today in a vote of 286-134, sending it to the Senate.

Congressional leaders released the bill yesterday – leaving lawmakers only two days to look over and vote on the thousand-page measure or face a partial government shutdown. Republican hardliners quickly condemned the package, which funds various parts of the government for the rest of the fiscal year at 2023 levels.

Texas Congressman Chip Roy has come out as one of the bill’s strongest critics, calling it an “abomination.”

Despite the pushback, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) is touting the bill as a win, citing cuts to the FBI and increased funding for the border. But that might not be enough to save him from frustrated conservatives.

Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene filed a motion today to oust Johnson as speaker, saying the funding bill is a “complete departure” from Republican principles.