Speaker Mike Johnson's Pragmatism Averts Government Shutdown

Speaker Mike Johnson, known for his conservative stance, prioritized preventing a government shutdown over engaging in a fiscal confrontation, despite his previous opposition to similar spending bills.

Mike Johnson, the new Speaker faced with his first major challenge, chose a more pragmatic approach by supporting a stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, which garnered significant Democratic support but disappointed some Republicans. This move marks a shift from his earlier opposition to such proposals when he was a less prominent House member.