The plan involves dividing spending initiatives into distinct bills, a process he termed a "laddered" continuing resolution (CR).
In a statement, Johnson asserted, "This two-step continuing resolution is a necessary bill to place House Republicans in the best position to fight for conservative victories," as reported by ABC. He further elaborated, "The bill will stop the absurd holiday-season omnibus tradition of massive, loaded-up spending bills introduced right before the Christmas recess."
Johnson's proposal aims to separate the CR from the supplemental funding debates, thereby positioning the Republican conference to advocate for fiscal responsibility, oversight over Ukraine aid, and significant policy changes at the Southern border.
The proposed plan, as per ABC, would substitute the standard continuing resolution or short-term funding bill with two separate bills, each with a different deadline. This approach is designed to ensure the smooth functioning of various government sectors. The first deadline is slated for January 19, with the second one following on February 2.
This arrangement would provide legislators with the necessary time to negotiate different aspects of the bill, ensuring that sections requiring more negotiation time are not held up due to funding issues.
Interestingly, the second bill under this plan would include funding for Israel and Ukraine. An aide for the Senate Democratic leadership, speaking to ABC, stated, "It's a good thing the Speaker didn't include unnecessary cuts and kept defense funding with the second group of programs."
However, Johnson's plan has already encountered resistance from both Democrats and Republicans. Rep. Chip Roy expressed his strong opposition to the plan in a post on X, criticizing the continuation of "Pelosi level spending & policies for 75 days - for future 'promises.'"
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries advocated for the passage of a "clean CR" that would maintain spending levels as they were in 2022 while further negotiations take place.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre labeled the proposal as "extreme" in a statement. She warned, "This proposal is just a recipe for more Republican chaos and more shutdowns—full stop." She further criticized the House Republicans for wasting precious time with an unserious proposal that has been rejected by members of both parties.
Congress has a deadline of November 17 to approve a plan before a government shutdown is triggered.