House Republicans keep door open for short-term spending deal as shutdown deadline looms

A handful of House Republicans are conceding they’ll need to pass another short-term continuing resolution to keep the government open while they finalize a budget proposal despite outrage from some of their conservative colleagues.

The disagreement within the party comes as some members are concerned they won’t have enough time before the Jan. 19 deadline to get the spending legislation through Congress, setting the stage for a possible stopgap measure to buy lawmakers more time.

Shortly after House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) secured the gavel, the Republican leader vowed he was “done” with pursuing short-term continuing resolutions.

FILE – Speaker-elect Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., puts the gavel down before speaking at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

However, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters on Tuesday that “obviously,
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