Speaker Johnson Proposes New Plan to Avoid Government Shutdown

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is proposing a new plan to help avoid a government shutdown in six days. This new plan would set two deadlines that would allow different aspects of the government to continue functioning.

According to ABC News, Johnson explained his “laddered CR”, or laddered continuing resolution, to Republican lawmakers on a conference call. Though Johnson explained his intent to put forth this two-step government funding plan, there is a lot of confusion about how the bill would work. Many lawmakers have noted the complications that can ensue with the plan.

However, Johnson remains adamant that this two-step solution is the only way forward. “The bill will stop the absurd holiday-season omnibus tradition of massive, loaded-up spending bills introduced right before the Christmas recess,” he said in a statement.

This laddered CR would differ from the normal, short-term funding bill that Congress normally passes. Instead, Speaker Johnson’s plan would set up two deadlines — on Jan. 19 and Feb. 2 — that would set up funding for different functions of the government.

Thus far, funding for Israel and Ukraine are not a part of the current plan. Neither is border security.

As a result, many critics within the government have already stated that they would not vote in favor of Johnson’s laddered CR. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) already claimed that they will vote against Johnson’s new plan. Many other Republicans are also doubtful.

Democrats may not choose to vote in favor of Johnson’s new proposal, either. According to ABC News, Johnson chose to not include any cuts in the first deadline of the bill. He also didn’t include any defense funding that must be passed before the first deadline. This was an attempt by Johnson to get some Democratic votes.

However, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) already suggested that he would not be in favor of the idea of a laddered CR. Therefore, Democrats in both the House and Senate may oppose the proposal, even if they agree with some aspects.

Congress must pass a plan by the end of the day on Nov. 17. The House could vote on the plan as soon as Tuesday.