Speaker Johnson says top-line spending deal ‘remains’ after conservatives push him to back out

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) announced that the top-line spending deal he forged with Senate Democrats would remain intact even after conservative Republicans pressed the party leader to back out of the agreement.

“Our top-line agreement remains,” Johnson told reporters on Friday. “We are getting our next steps together, and we are working towards a robust appropriations process. So stay tuned for all of that.”

The announcement comes after hard-line House Republicans met with the speaker to oppose the $1.66 trillion agreement he brokered with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) just days earlier, threatening to withhold their support on any spending legislation one week ahead of a scheduled government shutdown.

However, Johnson said he spoke with lawmakers across the GOP conference, ultimately coming to the decision to maintain the bipartisan spending deal. Republicans in vulnerable districts had pushed the speaker to preserve the top-line agreement.
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