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The White House has sharply criticized the new stopgap funding bill proposed by House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), labeling it as “extreme.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre issued a statement on Saturday, denouncing the proposal as a “recipe for more Republican chaos and more shutdowns.” She emphasized the risk of an “Extreme Republican Shutdown,” which could jeopardize national security and domestic priorities, including military service members’ pay.
The criticism comes as House Republicans face challenges in passing appropriations bills, with recent attempts being pulled from the floor due to internal disagreements.
The proposed bill, known as a “laddered” continuing resolution (CR), aims to stagger funding deadlines, with some funds expiring in mid-January and the remainder in early February. Speaker Johnson defended the bill on social media, arguing it would end the practice of passing large spending bills just before the Christmas recess. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) echoed support for the bill, praising Speaker Johnson’s handling of the situation. Conversely, Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) criticized the CR’s approach, calling for a more straightforward and responsible process.
The bill notably excludes aid to Israel amid its ongoing conflict with Hamas, a US-designated terrorist organization. Earlier this month, House Republicans passed a $14.3 billion aid package for Israel, which faced opposition from Democrats due to accompanying cuts to IRS funding.