Hard-line conservatives freeze House action in revolt of Johnson’s spending deal

Hard-line conservatives tanked a procedural rule vote in revolt against Speaker Mike Johnson’s (R-LA) top-line spending deal, effectively leaving the House at a standstill just nine days ahead of a government shutdown deadline.

The House met for its first votes of the year on Wednesday afternoon, hoping to advance a slate of bills on a number of legislative topics. However, a group of hard-line conservatives voted against beginning debate on the legislation, tanking a key procedural vote in retaliation for Johnson’s government budget deal brokered with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) over the weekend.

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“We’re making a statement that what the deal as has been announced that doesn’t secure the border, and that doesn’t cut our spending — and it’s going to be passed, apparently,
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