Freedom Caucus Chairman Takes Shot At Speaker Johnson

By Victor Winston, updated on January 21, 2024

The House of Representatives passed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government and avoid a shutdown. The move, however, has sparked notable tension between House Speaker Mike Johnson and the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

Despite the successful passing of the CR, its lack of border security measures has drawn criticism from members of the House Freedom Caucus.

The CR, which was passed on Thursday, extends current funding levels and is aimed at preventing a government shutdown. It was put forward by Speaker Johnson, who chose to bring the Democratic Senate's CR to the floor. This decision was met with opposition from House Republicans, who criticized the resolution for not addressing their concerns.

Discontent Among Republicans Over CR

Notably, the resolution passed with a greater number of Democratic votes than Republican, highlighting the divide within the party.

The aftermath of the vote has seen House Freedom Caucus Chairman Bob Good issue a stark warning to Speaker Johnson. He cautioned the Speaker against taking the support of the caucus for granted, especially on spending bills that don't align with their priorities.

Following the passage of the CR, President Biden signed it, ensuring the government remains operational through early March, Just The News reported.

However, the lack of border security measures in the CR was a significant point of contention for many Republicans. Bob Good was particularly vocal in his criticism, expressing disappointment over the missed opportunity to include such measures.

Strong Criticism from Caucus Members

Good's critique extended to social media, where he lamented the decision to allocate billions to DHS Secretary Mayorkas, accusing the administration of perpetuating what he termed "the Biden border invasion policies." This sentiment echoes a broader discontent within the caucus regarding the government's approach to border security.

Bob Good, in a strongly worded statement, expressed his dissatisfaction: "We had the opportunity to attach border security to the CR. It is what a majority of people want, and yet we voted yesterday to give billions of dollars to Secretary Mayorkas to continue the Biden border invasion policies."

Moreover, other members of the Freedom Caucus, such as Rep. Andy Biggs, have voiced their opposition to continuing resolutions in general. Biggs highlighted the ongoing issues at the southern border and the rising national debt as areas needing immediate attention, rather than continual deferral through CRs.

Broader Implications of the CR Vote

Rep. Andy Biggs took to social media to express his frustration, stating, "Enough with the continuing resolutions." He criticized Congress for repeatedly postponing decisions on funding while significant issues like border security and national debt remain unresolved.

The tension between Speaker Johnson and the House Freedom Caucus is indicative of broader challenges facing the party.

It underscores the difficulty in aligning various factions within the party, especially on issues such as spending and national security. As the government moves forward, the ability of the party to come together on these issues will be crucial.

Looking Ahead: The Political Landscape

The fallout from this vote and the ensuing tension between Speaker Johnson and the House Freedom Caucus is likely to have lasting implications. It highlights the ongoing struggle within the party to reconcile differing viewpoints and priorities, especially in matters of national security and fiscal responsibility.

As the government continues to navigate these complex issues, the balance between maintaining operational continuity and addressing the concerns of different factions within the party remains a delicate task.

How this balance is achieved will be pivotal in shaping the political landscape in the months to come.

Conclusion

The passage of the short-term CR has successfully averted a government shutdown.

However, the lack of border security measures in the CR has led to significant criticism from the House Freedom Caucus.

This episode underscores the ongoing challenges within the party, highlighting the need for a more unified approach to address key issues such as border security and fiscal responsibility.

As the political landscape continues to evolve, the ability of the party to reconcile these differing viewpoints will be critical.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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