Speaker Johnson Breaks Silence On Government Shutdown

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(TheRedWire.com) – Following Tuesday’s meeting House Speaker Mike Johnson expressed optimism that they would avoid a possible government shutdown before the deadline on Friday.

The meeting included four Congressional leaders, including Johnson, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. According to Johnson, the group has been working in good faith every single day over the last few months to get this work done. 

Johnson proceeded to point out that they believed they would reach an agreement on this issue which would help them avoid a possible government shutdown. He said that he was “very optimistic” about this and that it was their first responsibility. 

Biden warned leaders during the meeting about what the consequences of their failing to pass funding quickly would be. He further pointed out that if they had to face severe consequences. 

In the Oval Office Biden argued that they had a lot of work to do with Vice President Kamala Harris alongside him. The four leaders were also at the meeting sitting on nearby couches. 

Jeffries claimed that the meeting had led to Biden feeling optimistic that they would not need to face a government shutdown. 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also told reporters that the main focus of the meeting was on ensuring that the government would continue to be open, which as he argued was something that all of them could “agree on.”

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