Republicans Calls Speaker Johnson A Traitor?

Office of Speaker Mike Johnson, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

( – House of Representatives GOP hardliners are opposing Sunday’s bipartisan deal which is aiming to avoid a possible government shutdown.

The House Freedom Caucus has opposed the agreement and has pushed against Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., over the recent agreement. As part of their opposition, they have also started to recirculate a memo from late December where it was noted that a funding topline above $1.59 trillion was completely “unacceptable.”

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, the group argued that the situation was even worse than they originally considered. They added that the deal would have the “true total programmatic spending level” at $1.658 trillion which is way above the topline they had previously been pushing for. They added that this deal was an utter “failure.”

Previously the Republican conservative lawmakers have tanked procedural votes pushed forward by the GOP in opposition to the spending deals. This has also led to delays in government funding bills reaching the House floor.

However, currently, Congress needs to reach a funding deal in an expedited time frame as the funding expiration for some agencies is Jan. 19 while for all others it is on Feb. 2. For the rest of the month the GOP is also working with a two-seat majority as Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) has announced that he will be off for most of January as he is recovering from cancer-related treatment.

This would mean that any final appropriations bills will not be able to pass through the House unless they have Democratic support.

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