House passes $1.2 trillion spending bill to avoid shutdown

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Marjorie Taylor Greene began the process to remove the president of the House of Representatives Michael Johnson As the US House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill to prevent a government shutdown despite objections from conservatives like Georgia. Republican who support the former president donald trump.

Ms. Greene introduced a motion to impeach the president while the House was still voting on the spending deal.

A two-thirds majority was reached to approve the spending package: 286 voted in favor and 134 against.

“This is a betrayal of Republican voters,” Greene told reporters Friday. “The bill…forced Republicans to choose between funding pay for our soldiers and, in doing so, funding late-term abortion; “This bill was basically a dream and wish list for Democrats and the White House.”

The Senate voted 74-24 early Saturday, allowing the government to remain open and sending the bill to the president. Joe Biden, who said he would sign the legislation immediately once it reaches his desk. The bill will keep the government open until the end of fiscal year 2024 on September 30.

Ms. Greene said the process “was completely led by [Democratic Senate Majority Leader] Chuck Schumer, not our Republican House Speaker, not our conference, and we weren’t even allowed to submit amendments to have the opportunity to make changes to the bill.”

Unlike Rep. Matt Gaetz’s override motion last year that ousted Kevin McCarthy as speaker, Greene’s will not trigger a vote within two legislative days. Rather, Greene said he wanted to warn Johnson rather than impeach him.

“I filed the motion to quash today, but it is more of a warning than a pink slip,” he added. “It’s time for us to follow the process, take our time and find a new House speaker who will support Republicans and our Republican majority instead of supporting Democrats.”

Republicans in the House told The Independent they had little desire to join an impeachment motion after McCarthy’s ouster last year left the House without a speaker for 22 days. Arizona Republican Rep. Juan Ciscomani said The independent that the presentation of the motion for annulment was “very unfortunate.”

He added that he “did not support” the motion to recall former Mr. McCarthy last fall. “This is a bad idea again.”

Johnson argued in a statement that “House Republicans achieved conservative policy victories, rejected extreme Democratic proposals, and imposed substantial cuts while significantly strengthening the national defense.”

“The process was also an important step in breaking general memory and represents the best possible outcome in a divided government,” he added.

As the House voted Friday, Texas Democratic Rep. Jasmine Crockett said The independent that “it was about time” for the financing agreement to be approved.

Asked about the months-long struggle to fund the government, Wisconsin Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher said, “Divided government is difficult and we still have a lot of work to do. “Then we’ll see what happens.”

He added that he was not concerned about the motion to remove the speaker. Hours later, Gallagher announced that he would resign from Congress, reducing the Republican majority to one vote.

New York Republican Rep. Mike Lawler told reporters that “the American people agree with us on these issues. What they don’t agree with is the idiocy and chaos that is totally unnecessary and does nothing to solve the problem.”

“People who are so upset about this bill today should have thought… long before removing Kevin McCarthy as president,” he added.

“I’ve won two-to-one Democratic districts twice because I’ve taken a common-sense, bipartisan approach, and that’s what I will continue to do. “I call it like I see it…and this trick from Marjorie is idiotic,” she said. The independent.

Michigan Republican Rep. Lisa McClain said “it’s about time” the spending deal passed, adding that she was concerned about the motion to impeach the president.

“To what end? We have to move forward… I don’t know what this accomplishes,” he said.

Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin told reporters that “his party lives on insurrection, division and polarization, so it doesn’t surprise me that they are cannibalizing again.”

“This is Donald Trump’s playbook that has overtaken the Republican Party and for people interested in democracy, freedom and effective governance, the Democratic Party has a plan,” he said. The independent.

The spending bill is part of an agreement between the leaders of the House and Senate, as well as the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Earlier this month, Congress passed six spending bills and one stopgap spending bill to allow negotiations on some of the most contentious legislation to continue.

Conservatives objected that the legislation did not make deep enough spending cuts, and the House Freedom Caucus had called on Johnson to implement more measures to restrict immigration at the US-Mexico border.

By contrast, progressives opposed cuts to funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York called “excessive”.

At the same time, the legislation also includes 12,000 special immigrant visas for Afghans who helped the US military during the war in Afghanistan.

The so-called minibus spending bill contains the remaining six spending bills to fund the State Department; the Pentagon; the Department of Homeland Security; Congress; the Department of Health and Human Services; the Department of Education; financial services and general government.

Republicans pushed to include immigration amendments. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas accused Schumer of trying to protect vulnerable Democrats from holding difficult votes.

In response, when Sen. Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat running for re-election, saw Mr. Cotton, he told reporters: “Did Cotton say they were making amendments because of John Tester because if he did, he could be filled with something that comes out of the back of a cow.”

“It shows how broken this place is,” said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana. The independent about how the process lasts.

The push for amendments also came as Sen. Susan Collins, the top Republican on the Appropriations Committee, expected to return to Maine on Saturday for her mother’s funeral. An eventual agreement to vote on amendments came early Saturday when the White House Office of Management and Budget announced that agencies would continue normal operations.

Passage of the spending bill allows the House and Senate to begin a two-week vacation. But this doesn’t mean the end of work on spending bills. Congress will need to rewrite 12 spending bills by Sept. 30 or pass another stopgap spending bill before they go into recess again in October.

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