Johnson cancels part of House recess to buy time for spending negotiations

The House will no longer have its two-week recess at the end of next month in order to buy time for lawmakers to finalize their must-pass spending bills for fiscal 2024, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA)’s leadership team announced on Friday.

Lawmakers were scheduled to adjourn for two weeks at the end of February but will now return for votes on Feb. 28-29 as well as March 1 to ensure appropriations bills are passed ahead of the next government shutdown deadline. The change comes after the House passed a short-term continuing resolution on Thursday extending its next spending deadline to March 1, after which several federal agencies will lapse in funding if a budget is not passed.

Under the newly passed stopgap funding bill, Congress has until March 1 to pass appropriations for Agriculture; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; Transportation, Housing and Urban
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