Rep. Hal Rogers’s (R-KY) hospitalization will shave a vote off of Speaker Mike Johnson’s (R-LA) already razor-thin majority, just as the nascent speaker navigates blowback over a deal he struck on federal spending.
Republican leadership told members on a Sunday conference call that Rogers, the dean of the House, will remain in the hospital this week as he recovers from a Wednesday car crash, according to a source familiar.
He is in “good condition,” Rogers’s office said on Friday, but the crash means Johnson will have the barest of majorities, just 218 votes. Johnson is already dealing with conservative anger over a spending agreement he reached with Democrats that only marginally cuts federal spending. Rogers’s absence represents yet another headache for the speaker.
His vote is not needed for a continuing resolution the House will take up later this week. That legislation, which would extend government funding into March,