Partisanship complicates spending, defense bill prospects

By Andres Picon | 06/17/2024 06:42 AM EDT

Republicans and Democrats are clashing on policy riders and spending levels.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.).

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) at the Capitol on Friday. He's trying to united different GOP factions on major bills like the National Defense Authorization Act and fiscal 2025 measures. Francis Chung/POLITICO

House Republicans notched early wins last week in some of Congress’ most important bills of the year, but the path toward final passage appears riddled with culture war pitfalls.

In what’s shaping up to be a redux of last year’s contentious policy debates, House Republicans are muscling through their fiscal 2025 spending and defense policy bills with little to no Democratic support.

The House passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act on Friday with a host of conservative riders that cost Republicans all but six Democratic votes.


The House Appropriations Committee sent five more fiscal 2025 spending bills to the House floor over Democratic objections. Only the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs bill — one of the least controversial — has cleared the floor, mostly along party lines.