Speaker Mike Johnson unveils plan to avoid government shutdown
Why it matters: The two-tiered approach is expected to face an uphill battle in the Democrat-controlled Senate and has created confusion among House Republicans about how it would work.
Johnson told members during a Saturday call that it would be "a two step CR," a GOP member told Axios.
- The first bill would provide funding until Jan. 19 and include appropriations for agriculture, military construction and Veterans Affairs, energy and water.
- The second bill would last until Feb. 2 and include the other appropriations bills.
- "The bill will stop the absurd holiday-season omnibus tradition of massive, loaded up spending bills introduced right before the Christmas recess," Johnson said in a statement on Saturday.
Between the line: The Louisiana Republican told members that a full-year stopgap is the backup plan if the two-tiered approach fails.
- Israel funding is not currently expected to be attached to the must-pass stopgaps.
The bottom line: The current stopgap bill expires this week.
- Johnson said after becoming speaker late last month that his first priority would be to avert a shutdown.