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The far-right objects as Congress starts to press for a spending agreement

Speaker Mike Johnson will have to negotiate the same political currents as his predecessor, with little time left before a shutdown deadline.

**Congress Initiates New Bipartisan Spending Agreement** 

The Congress commenced efforts to enact a challenging bipartisan spending agreement on Monday to partially avert a government shutdown next week. Speaker Mike Johnson faced stiff resistance from within his distant ranks for the deal made with the Democrats. 

**Criticism of the Trillion-Dollar Deal** 

The House Republicans criticized the $1.66 trillion deal made with New York’s Democratic and majority leader Senator Chuck Schumer. This deal mirrors the one Congress passed last year to suspend the debt ceiling, which faced strong opposition from staunch conservatives at that time. The agreement includes $69 billion added as a side deal, a sum staunch conservatives had strongly opposed. 

**Reactions and Political Implications** 

“This is a complete failure,” stated the House Freedom Caucus, a group within the GOP known for its defiance. Georgia’s Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene expressed her opposition on social media. The divide within the right-wing opposition indicates that Johnson will heavily rely on Democratic support to pass the underlying spending bills. Their plan to attract Republican support by incorporating policies viewed as “awakening” administrative policies faces scrutiny. Democrats assert they will not compromise on such policies. If a large faction of Republicans opposes the spending bill, Johnson will either have to compromise on policy provisions to secure Democratic backing or face a shutdown. 

**Johnson’s Dilemma and the Path Forward** 

Johnson finds himself in a predicament reminiscent of Kevin McCarthy’s previous situation. The White House will undoubtedly face opposition and anger from far-right conservatives. It remains unclear whether disgruntled conservatives will attempt to oust Johnson like his predecessor or if he will face dwindling patience from Democrats. 

**Republican Reflections and the Road Ahead** 

Some Republicans suggest Johnson was merely bending to the reality of divided government. “Are we learning that it’s tough to negotiate with a slim Democratic majority in the White House and the Senate and that you can’t get everything you want, even if you’re the Speaker?” wrote Georgia’s Representative Mike Collins on social media. Both the House and Senate Democrats have shown support for the deal, which also has the backing of several Republicans in the Senate, where both parties have already endorsed higher spending levels. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed optimism, stating, “I’m encouraged that the Speaker and Democratic leaders have found a way forward on this year’s spending package.” With deadlines looming, committees must work swiftly to reach the border. The fiscal year began on October 1st, and not a single bill has been passed by Congress. Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Senator Patty Murray of Washington stated, “Now we have an outline agreement that allows us to finally begin the hard work of negotiating and passing full-year spending bills.” 

A Closer Look at the Bipartisan Agreement 

The finer points of the arrangement show that both sides had a well-thought-out plan. The Republicans want to make sure that defence and border security receive enough funding, while the Democrats want to raise money for social programmes and climate measures. However, many on both sides of the dispute are not happy with the compromise. 

Public Attitude and Its Effects 

There seems to be disagreement among the public. Some see the agreement as a sign of cooperation and commend the attempt to prevent a government shutdown, while others see it as a political ploy that won’t result in any meaningful changes. People are debating the effectiveness of government expenditure and the nation’s economic responsibility in ferocious conversations on social media. 

A Closer Look at the Bipartisan Agreement 

The finer points of the arrangement show that both sides had a well-thought-out plan. The Republicans want to make sure that defence and border security receive enough funding, while the Democrats want to raise money for social programmes and climate measures. However, many on both sides of the dispute are not happy with the compromise. 

Public Attitude and Its Effects 

There seems to be disagreement among the public. Some see the agreement as a sign of cooperation and commend the attempt to prevent a government shutdown, while others see it as a political ploy that won’t result in any meaningful changes. People are debating the effectiveness of government expenditure and the nation’s economic responsibility in ferocious conversations on social media. 

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