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U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) leaves his office as the deadline to avoid partial government shutdown looms in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, U.S., January 18, 2024.

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Looming US government shutdown adds to fears in Kyiv

It’s shutdown season in Washington again (and again, and again). Congressional lawmakers have until Friday to avert a shutdown that would close 20% of the government. If the deadlock lasts until March 8th, the rest of the government would turn out the lights too.

With little promise of a deal in sight, President Joe Biden plans to meet with congressional lawmakers on Tuesday in the hopes of hammering out an agreement.

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer smiles from behind a mock U.S. Treasury check as he holds a press conference on the expanded Child Tax Credit payments at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., July 15, 2021.

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Can the child tax credit extension survive the Senate?

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a $78 billion extension of the popular child tax credit by a large bipartisan majority – but now it faces a rocky road through the Senate, where it may be lumped in with another priority.

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House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-LA, gives a press conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023, after leading a vote to avoid a government shutdown.

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Shutdown averted, but deal contains no aid for Ukraine

New Speaker Mike Johnson managed to wrangle enough votes to avoid a government shutdown late Tuesday, relying on 209 Democrats and 127 Republicans to pass a bill to allow the US government to keep functioning into 2024. The Senate approved the measure on Wednesday, sending it to President Joe Biden for his signature. Had the House not acted, the government would have run out of money at midnight on Friday.

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Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-LA., returns to his office in the US Capitol on Monday, Nov. 13, 2023.

Mike Johnson has a plan to avert the shutdown – will it work?

Is it better to kick two cans down the road rather than one? House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is about to find out in the first big test of his speakership. With another government shutdown deadline looming on Friday, the House plans to vote today on Johnson’s plan to keep the US government from plunging over the fiscal cliff – again.

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Meet Mike Johnson, US House Speaker & DC's most Googled person
Meet Mike Johnson, US House Speaker & DC's most Googled person | US Politics In: 60 | GZERO Media

Meet Mike Johnson, US House Speaker & DC's most Googled person

Jon Lieber, head of Eurasia Group's coverage of political and policy developments in Washington, DC, shares his perspective on US politics.

Who is Mike Johnson?

Mike Johnson became the most commonly Googled person in Washington, DC, this week when he won a surprising bid for the House speakership after Republicans failed to rally around multiple nominations from across their caucus once they removed former speaker Kevin McCarthy from his seat several weeks ago.

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Newly elected Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) addresses the U.S. House of Representatives after he was elected to be the new Speaker at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., October 25, 2023.

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A speaker at last

As former US President Gerald Ford once told his fellow Americans, “Our long national nightmare is over.” On Wednesday, House Republicans united to elect Mike Johnson of Louisiana the new speaker of the House of Representatives.

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