House Democrats Insist on Keeping Speaker Johnson Despite Resistance

( – House leadership has been contentious over the last 18 months or so since Republicans gained control. It took 15 votes for former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to win the role, and he was quickly ousted. Next came Mike Johnson (R-LA), who is now on the chopping block after just six months in the role. However, while Democrats didn’t care to save McCarthy, it seems they are speaking a different tune when it comes to Johnson.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has expressed her displeasure for Johnson as he worked with Democrats to pass spending bills. She initially filed a motion to vacate in March. However, she said at the time it was more of a warning than an actual movement, but that all changed when the House passed the $95 billion foreign aid package. That consisted of four bills that would provide aid to Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and humanitarian assistance to Gaza.

Greene said after the bill passed that she was moving forward with her motion, with the support of hardliner Republican Representatives Thomas Massie (KY) and Paul Gosar (AZ).

In order to follow through with the motion, Greene has to first invoke it. Then, she needs to have the support of House Democrats, the very same ones who helped oust McCarthy last year. Yet, she doesn’t have that backing.

On Tuesday, April 30, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) issued a statement saying that Democrats would not help Greene oust Johnson from the role. He acknowledged that his party “found bipartisan common ground with traditional Republicans” to pass the aid packages. Because of this, he says Democrats “will vote to table Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green’s Motion to Vacate the Chair,” vowing, “If she invokes the motion, it will not succeed.”

When Johnson was asked about the statement during a press conference, he said it was the “first [he] heard of it,” and there was no prior conversation with Jeffries regarding Democratic support. However, he made it clear that Americans deserve “a functioning Congress … that works well together.”

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