Three reasons Mike Johnson’s spending agreement with Democrats is on the rocks

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) could face a series of challenges following the announcement of an agreed-upon top-line spending number for appropriations bills as time winds down to pass the measures.

In a letter sent to members on Sunday, Johnson revealed he and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had agreed to $1.59 trillion overall for the appropriations bills, with $886 billion set aside for defense spending and $704 billion for nondefense. The top-line number was initially set last year in the Fiscal Responsibility Act.

The first funding deadline is roughly one week away on Jan. 19, and despite coming to an agreement with the Senate’s leadership of the opposite party, Johnson still has several challenges to keep in mind.

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