Democrats bail out Johnson as foreign aid clears key House hurdle

The House advanced Speaker Mike Johnson‘s (R-LA) four-pronged foreign aid legislation through a procedural vote on Friday largely thanks to House Democrats who helped push it over the line, setting up for a final vote on the package this weekend.

Though rule votes historically fall along party lines, several hard-line House GOP members have weaponized the rule vote over the 118th Congress to push back against legislation with which they do not agree. On Friday, over 50 House Republicans voted against the rule, but ultimately over 160 Democrats joined Republicans in voting for the rule, allowing it to pass, 316 to 94.

This is not the first time Democrats have bailed out Johnson for this package. Three GOP members — Reps. Ralph Norman (R-SC), Chip Roy (R-TX), and Thomas Massie (R-KY) — voted against the rule during a late-night meeting
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