Will 2024 yield more congressional bipartisanship or be a repeat of 2023?

Congressional leaders announced a rare bipartisan deal that marks the first step in funding the government

Chuck Schumer and Mike Johnson seated with each other
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) came together in a rare show of unity
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House and Senate leaders on Sunday announced a topline deal to fund the government in 2024 in what has become a rare instance of bipartisan agreement on Capitol Hill. The deal would agree to set the total amount of spending this year at $1.59 trillion and is the first step in avoiding a looming government shutdown later this month. This would include $886 billion for military armaments and $704 billion for non-defense spending.

While this bill reduces the chances of a shutdown, it still faces several hurdles — namely, getting it through a divided Congress and actually getting it passed before the Jan. 19 deadline — but the agreement marks the culmination of weeks of negotiations. The deal notably represents the first major bipartisan package between Democrats and Republicans during the tenure of House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.). The bill was helmed by Johnson in collaboration with House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

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Justin Klawans, The Week US

 Justin Klawans has worked as a staff writer at The Week since 2022. He began his career covering local news before joining Newsweek as a breaking news reporter, where he wrote about politics, national and global affairs, business, crime, sports, film, television and other Hollywood news. Justin has also freelanced for outlets including Collider and United Press International.