Rep. Greene Delays Potential Move to Oust Speaker Johnson Amid Foreign Aid Debate

Tensions rise as Rep. Greene threatens to oust House Speaker Johnson over Ukraine aid, highlighting GOP divisions on foreign policy.

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Rep. Greene Delays Potential Move to Oust Speaker Johnson Amid Foreign Aid Debate

Rep. Greene Delays Potential Move to Oust Speaker Johnson Amid Foreign Aid Debate

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a conservative Republican from Georgia, says she will wait before potentially moving to remove House Speaker Mike Johnson, wanting to let House Republicans hear from their constituents first. The decision comes after the House passed a $95 billion foreign aid package that includes funding for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, with bipartisan support despite a majority of Republican members voting against aid to Ukraine.

Greene, along with other conservative rebels like Rep. Thomas Massie and Rep. Paul Gosar, has been critical of Johnson's handling of the foreign aid legislation. She accused Johnson of "treason" over Ukraine aid and called the package "bullshit." However, Greene said she wants to be "responsible" and not call for Johnson's resignation before garnering enough support.

The attempt to oust Johnson comes just months after former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was removed from the top leadership post in early October, revealing the divide among House Republicans as they look to expand their majority in November. While Ukraine funding enjoys bipartisan support, a faction of hard-right Republicans opposes it.

Why this matters: The debate over foreign aid and the potential challenge to Speaker Johnson's leadership highlights the ongoing divisions within the Republican Party. The outcome could have implications for U.S. support for key allies like Ukraine and Israel, as well as the stability of Republican leadership in the House.

Johnson has defended his strategy of passing the foreign aid package with the help of Democrats, despite rising conservative anger. He stated, "We should only wave one flag on the House floor, and I think we know which flag that is," in reference to the cheering and waving of Ukrainian flags after the bill's passage. President Biden praised the House's bipartisan vote, urging the Senate to quickly send the package to his desk.

The House is not expected back until April 29 after a one-week recess. Greene said she will let her colleagues go home and hear from their constituents, as she believes the "strongest loudest voices in the Republican movement grassroots" are "furious" and calling for Johnson to be removed as Speaker. The House adjourned on Saturday without a vote on Greene's motion to remove the Speaker, leaving Johnson's fate uncertain as Republicans remain divided on the issue.

Key Takeaways

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene may seek to remove House Speaker Mike Johnson.
  • Johnson defended passing a $95B foreign aid package with bipartisan support.
  • Conservative Republicans oppose the Ukraine aid, accusing Johnson of "treason".
  • The attempt to oust Johnson reveals divisions among House Republicans.
  • The outcome could impact U.S. support for allies like Ukraine and Israel.