Johnson tells members that GOP chaos has undermined his negotiation power in funding debate

House Republicans will spend the weekend attempting to reach a consensus on a budget deal with Democrats but with added pressure from House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA).

Johnson told members of his party in a private call Friday night that dissension among House GOP members had given Democrats the upper hand in negotiations leading up to the government shutdown deadline next week, according to a Politico report late Friday.

Republicans are in disagreement over details in the first four spending bills, which will cover operations through the end of February. Congress has continued to fund federal departments in piecemeal bills rather than annual appropriations.

Johnson lamented that his ability to make a deal with Democrats has been undermined by certain Republicans who frequently block GOP measures from being debates on the
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