House Republicans meet this morning to plan strategy as funding measure will need Democrats’ help to get across the line

It was a poison chalice for Kevin McCarthy, but his successor as House speaker Mike Johnson is calculating that working with Democrats to get a government spending bill through the chamber today will have a better personal outcome.

There were growing indications last night and Tuesday morning that Republican Johnson’s CR (continuing resolution) bill to keep the government funded beyond 17 November will be able to reach the 290-vote threshold it needs to pass.

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