Speaker Mike Johnson Bends on Fiscal Showdown to Avert Government Shutdown

Speaker Mike Johnson compromises on a spending bill, deviating from his far-right stance to prevent a government shutdown.

Speaker Mike Johnson, newly appointed and known for his uncompromising conservative views, has opted for a stopgap spending bill with support from Democrats to avert a government shutdown, a notable departure from his earlier opposition to similar funding packages. This pragmatic shift has surprised Democrats and disappointed some Republicans, as he seeks to navigate the challenges of leadership and prevent the pre-Thanksgiving shutdown that undercut his predecessor.