Patrick McHenry says GOP needs Speaker Johnson to ‘be better’ as shutdown looms

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) believes Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has to “be better” in order for the House to “get things done” as the government faces a partial shutdown this week.

McHenry, who served as speaker pro tempore in October after the ouster of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, sounded frustrated over the lack of progress on a deal to keep the government funded, telling CNN’s Manu Raju, “We can avoid [the shutdown]… but it’s time to get on with the deal rather than dither. We can do it.”

Rep. Patrick McHenry says Speaker Johnson should put Ukraine aid package on the floor of the House. 

On government funding: "It's time to get on with the deal rather than dither."

Says GOP should have taken Senate border deal.

And adds: 'We need the speaker to be better."

— Manu
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