House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) has clarified that the House GOP has no plans to initiate a government shutdown over border spending. This statement comes in the wake of a perceived threat by Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) to block government funding legislation unless Democrats and President Biden consent to reforms in border security and asylum outlined in H.R. 2.
In a recent attempt to alleviate concerns sparked by Roy’s comments, Johnson, during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” – a clip of which was posted on X, the platform previously known as Twitter – refuted the idea that Roy was advocating for a government shutdown.
“Chip’s one of my closest friends and colleagues. I talked to him last night, and that’s not his intention,” Johnson remarked, distancing the GOP’s stance from the implications of Roy’s statement.
Roy, in a letter earlier this week, had expressed that he and other members believe funding for federal government operations should be dependent on President Biden signing H.R. 2, or a similar bill, into law, aiming to curb the influx at the border. However, according to Johnson, this should not be interpreted as a move towards a government shutdown.