New House Speaker Meets With McConnell

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( – On Thursday, new House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., visited the White House to discuss with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., how the lower and upper chambers should cooperate and what their legislative priorities would be going forward.

Following the meeting, Johnson posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he and McConnell had a “productive meeting” and that they were going to be working together to push forward the party’s conservative agenda.

Similarly, McConnell also posted on X that it was a “great meeting” where they had discussed some of the biggest issues in the nation and how they could address them through “strong” GOP leadership.

Johnson also stated in response to the mass shooting in Maine that this was a “dark time” for the country and that at a time like this, the most appropriate thing was “prayer.”

Johnson, who is an evangelical Christian, is very open about his faith and even made references to it during his first remarks as the House Speaker.

Recently, Johnson also led the House to pass a bipartisan resolution in support of Israel following the terrorist attack by Hamas. He then turned his attention to passing a funding bill that will allow the government to continue functioning after the Nov. 17 government funding deadline. The passing of the bill was delayed by the lack of a House Speaker in the last three weeks.

The new Speaker has argued that passing a short-term funding bill to keep the government functioning is one of his legislative priorities. He added that the U.S. would provide support for Israel in its war against Hamas but was not as open to providing additional funding to Ukraine, which has an ongoing war with Russia.

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