Congress has left town for Thanksgiving and President Biden is preparing for his traditional Thanksgiving trip to Nantucket, but before that it was a busy week for both Congress and the President.

Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-California) lost his job when he agreed to a continuing resolution (CR) that was carried over the finish line by Democrats. This week the new Speaker, Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana), did the same thing.  However, Johnson, who has been a consistent ally of the most conservative Republicans, was given a break by the Freedom Caucus and no motion to vacate was made.  The new Speaker said that there will not be another CR and a shutdown will happen if the new deadlines set in the current CR are not met.

In the House, the final vote was 336 Y to 95 N.  All but two of the NO votes came from Republicans.  In the Senate, the vote was more bipartisan--87 Y to 11 N.  Only one Senate Democrat voted NO.

The new CR followed the idea of the new Speaker to have a two-tiered expiration date: January 19th for the budgets that traditionally are less controversial and February 2nd for the more controversial budgets such as Defense and HHS.  While there will be some staff work between now and the new year, it will be a busy few weeks for Congress once it retu...
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