Johnson avoids talk of stopgap spending deal as shutdown deadline looms

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) dodged conversation on a stopgap measure to avoid a government shutdown next week as the speaker comes under fire from multiple members of his own party.

During a closed-door meeting on Wednesday with House Republicans to walk through the $1.59 trillion spending deal brokered with Senate Democrats over the weekend, Johnson neglected to bring up the possibility of a continuing resolution, according to several lawmakers.

“The focus is on trying to move forward within the top line, getting appropriations bills moving aggressively,” Rep. Marc Molinaro (R-NY) said. “We’re not conceding the timeline just yet.”

Johnson’s avoidance of discussing a continuing resolution during the meeting comes despite some GOP lawmakers saying one will be needed to avoid a shutdown, and as the speaker is facing similar wrath once endured by his predecessor, former Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

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