Members of the House Freedom Caucus are watching Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., with a wary but hopeful eye after a GOP rebellion over government spending saw the new leader take his first major public setback.
“He assures us, and we trust him that that’s the case,” Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., told Fox News Digital of Johnson’s goals to cut spending and advance conservative policies.
Norman added, “Now, if that’s not the case, then I mean, we’re going to get cuts either way. We’re gonna start taking rules down. We’re just not going to keep going like this. We’re just not doing it. Whatever it takes.”
Long-standing fractures within the House GOP Conference, primarily over government spending, rose to the surface again this past week after Johnson passed a short-term spending bill known as a continuing resolution (CR) to avert a government shutdown.
“I’ve been very public about it, I think it was a mistake… and I think it was not in the best interest of trying to force Democrats to the table on the things we need to do,” Rep.