Marjorie Taylor Greene Leads Effort to Oust House Speaker Mike Johnson

House Republicans Revolt Against Speaker Mike Johnson Over Foreign Aid Bills, Highlighting Divisions in the Party and Potential Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Leads Effort to Oust House Speaker Mike Johnson

Marjorie Taylor Greene Leads Effort to Oust House Speaker Mike Johnson

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) are leading an effort to remove House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) from his leadership position. The move comes after Johnson announced plans to bring multiple foreign aid bills to the House floor for a vote.

Greene has filed a motion to vacate the speaker's chair, a procedural move that could force a vote on removing Johnson. Massie has announced he will co-sponsor Greene's resolution, becoming the first Republican to publicly back the ouster effort. The two conservative lawmakers have criticized Johnson's handling of various policy issues, including foreign aid, government funding, and surveillance powers.

Johnson's speakership is facing its most precarious position since he took over the gavel from former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who was removed in October 2022. With Republicans holding a slim majority in the House, Johnson may need to rely on Democratic support to survive a potential vote on the motion to vacate .

The speaker has refused to step down, calling the effort to remove him "absurd" and stating that he is a "wartime speaker" facing the "hardest challenge" for a speaker, possibly comparable to the Civil War era. Johnson has proposed splitting a $95 billion aid package for Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan into separate bills in an attempt to satisfy both supporters and detractors of the foreign aid measures.

Why this matters: The revolt against Johnson's leadership highlights the deep divisions within the Republican Party and the challenges of governing with a narrow majority in the House. The outcome of this power struggle could have significant implications for U.S. foreign policy and the ability of Congress to address pressing issues.

Some Democrats have indicated they would vote to save Johnson to prevent further chaos in the House. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, dismissed calls to remove Johnson, calling it a "bad idea." Despite the criticism from some Republicans, Johnson has vowed to stay on as speaker and continue working to pass legislation, including the foreign aid bills.

Key Takeaways

  • Reps. Greene and Massie lead effort to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson
  • Johnson faces no-confidence vote over foreign aid bills, narrow GOP majority
  • Johnson refuses to step down, calls effort "absurd", vows to stay as speaker
  • Revolt highlights GOP divisions, challenges of governing with slim House majority
  • Some Democrats may vote to save Johnson to prevent further House chaos