Washington, DC – Statement from Margaret Spellings, president and CEO of the Bipartisan Policy Center, on the election of Mike Johnson as Speaker of the House.
“In his opening remarks as the 56th Speaker of the House, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) thanked Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), vowed to restore trust in the people’s house, and promised to find common ground on the important issues facing America. I could not agree more.
Now that the House has chosen a new speaker, we urge lawmakers to work on a bipartisan basis to meet the nation’s mounting needs. The White House and Congress face a November 17 deadline to pass a funding measure to keep the government open, they need to enact other important legislation that’s moving through the committee process, and lawmakers must now debate additional foreign aid. In addition, Speaker Johnson called our $32 trillion debt the biggest threat to our national security, and we agree that it’s time for lawmakers to work on long term solutions to bring our fiscal house in order.
With the House in Republican hands and the Senate and White House controlled by Democrats, bipartisanship is the only path forward. The American people are looking to our elected officials to address these challenges.
We urge all sides to reach out to one another in a spirit of constructive partnership, and the Bipartisan Policy Center is ready to work with Democrats and Republicans to meet the challenges ahead.”