New House Speaker Considers Options as Budget Deadline Nears

Speaker Johnson seeks to unify his party and pass legislation that is viable in the Senate.

Members of the majority in the House of Representatives held a closed-door meeting this week to discuss what measures they plan to propose to keep the government funded. 

The annual budget for the federal government was originally due on October 1 but Congress passed a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown. The short-term funding lasts through November 17, new House Speaker Mike Johnson is seeking to pass legislation that will garner enough support to pass the Senate.

“Everybody’s got a little bit different position, different opinions,” Representative Brian Babin of Texas. “Right now, we’re cogitating about it.”

“We certainly want to avoid a government shutdown. It’s a dangerous time around the world right now. We recognize that,” Speaker Johnson said at a news conference. “We’ll be revealing what our plan is in short order.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for Speaker Johnson as he seeks consensus between members of his party regarding the national budget.
  • For members of the House majority to look to the Lord for direction surrounding funding the federal government.
  • For the majority and minority leaders in the Senate to work with the House regarding government spending.

Sources: Reuters, The Hill


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