Khanna says Speaker Johnson ‘deserves to keep his job’

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on Sunday defended House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) for supporting aid to Ukraine and Israel, as he faces threats of removal. “They deserve to keep their jobs,” he said.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) led a group of three Republicans in signing a motion to vacate the House speakership, the second time in a year that the House It can lead to confusion.

Khanna is one of several Democrats who said they could not support such a motion after Johnson authorized a vote on $95 billion in aid to Ukraine and Israel, which passed on Saturday.

The MP said in an interview with Jonathan Karl on ABC’s This Week on Sunday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson deserves credit for passing the aid package.

“We went to parliament together and he was always concerned about civility. He actually led the civility oath,” Khanna said. “And we had one issue, which was to not lump things together and give individual votes. And I commend him for getting this done.”

“In fact, I would vote to file any motion to remove him,” he added.

Although the progressive is known for his tendency to act alone, he said other progressives may be willing to vote to save Johnson from ouster.

“I’m a progressive Democrat, and I think there are some progressive Democrats who would do the same thing,” he said. “And I disagree with Chairman Johnson on a number of issues and have been highly critical of him. But he did the right thing here and is entitled to keep his job until the end of this term.”

The motion to resign is not yet scheduled for a vote because Greene has not privileged the resolution. He had warned that he could take such action at any time as pressure increases on Johnson’s position as the House Republican majority shrinks.

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