Speaker Johnson Risks Shutdown Over Poison Pills


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the White House meeting with the Four Corners to avoid a government shutdown, Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president of Public Citizen and co-chair of the Clean Budget Coalition, released the following statement via video:

“Reportedly 95% of the budget deal is done, and extreme MAGA poison pill demands are the outstanding topics in the negotiations. That their contentious, unpopular riders are the sticking point means that the House GOP would be directly responsible for any shutdown. Speaker Johnson is seemingly aware of this and hopefully will choose to govern and keep us from the brink. As we all know, there are real life consequences to regular people for shutting down the government.”