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Third House Republican backs move to oust Johnson, leaving speaker needing Dem support

House Speaker Mike Johnson will need Democratic votes to keep his job after a third Republican came forward Friday to support the motion to remove him from office.

Far-right Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) has called on Johnson to replace him as speaker after the House of Representatives got into full swing Saturday on a $95 billion foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. He announced that he had co-sponsored a motion to dismiss him.

“[R]Rather than expend resources to secure our southern border and combat the infiltration of 11 million illegal aliens, despite repeated promises, under the direction of the Speaker, we first secured the border, the U.S. House of Representatives. Without it, no additional funds will flow to Ukraine. is sending another $61 billion to draw America further into an endless and aimless war in Ukraine,” Gosar said in a statement.

Far-right MP Paul Gosar co-sponsored a motion to remove Johnson from his post as speaker of the House of Representatives as the House began voting on a $95 billion foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan on Saturday. announced. jeff topping

“I have added my name in support of the motion calling for the Speaker to step down. Our borders cannot be an afterthought. We need a Speaker who will put America first, not give in to reckless demands and make billions of dollars fighting endless, costly wars halfway around the world.” Ta.

Republicans hold a three-vote majority in the House, and Democrats will need to step in to counter disgruntled conservatives if they move forward with a vote to strip Johnson (R-Louisiana) of the gavel. It means that.

Moderate House Democrats like Tom Suozzi of New York and Jared Moskowitz of Florida have already vowed to protect Johnson from their own party when the moment comes.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) will need Democratic votes to keep his job after a third Republican came forward Friday and threatened to oust him. Getty Images

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) told reporters Friday that “we’re going to talk about how to deal with a hypothetical motion to resign, which is not on the radar at this point.”

He added: “A precondition for dialogue is to ensure that the national security law is passed in its entirety by the House of Representatives.”

“My philosophy is to do the right thing and let the chips fall where they may,” Johnson said. Said Wednesday’s report. “If I had acted in fear of an eviction motion, I would never have been able to do my job.”

After the House passed a spending bill for the second half of fiscal year 2024 last month, firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene introduced a motion to replace Johnson. Getty Images

Far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said Johnson was doing nothing to address conservatives’ concerns after the House passed a spending bill for the second half of fiscal year 2024 last month. and filed a motion to remove Prime Minister Johnson from office. There was a border crisis in the United States, and the war between Ukraine and Russia was dragging on.

After announcing the motion on March 22, Green claimed, without naming names, that he had “supported this from other participants in the meeting.” He said: “We are not introducing this to confuse the House.”

Despite Mr. Johnson’s private talks with Ms. Greene, the Georgia congressman is dangling the threat of removal over his head as a privileged motion, and has no way to bring it to a vote in the House. This means that the specification needs to be changed.

On Tuesday, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) co-sponsored a motion for Greene to resign after calling for Prime Minister Johnson to resign during a closed Republican meeting at the Capitol. CQ-Roll Call, Inc (via Getty Images)

On Tuesday, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) co-sponsored a motion to resign after calling for Prime Minister Johnson to resign during a closed-door Republican meeting at the Capitol.

Prime Minister Johnson told reporters he had no intention of resigning, adding: “It’s a ridiculous idea that someone would file a motion to leave when we’re all here just trying to do our jobs.”

Massey told the Post and other reporters later in the day that he took the action to “avoid a situation where I would be removed from the floor” after the foreign aid bill was expected to pass on Saturday.

“My philosophy is to do the right thing and let the chips fall where they may,” Johnson told reporters at Parliament House the next day. “If I had acted in fear of an eviction motion, I would never have been able to do my job.” Rod Lambkey/CNP/SplashNews.com

House Democrats pushed Mr. Johnson by wide margins in committees and on the floor to push for more foreign aid, over the objections of dozens of Republicans, including many in the conservative Caucus Freedom Caucus.

Massey also referenced former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), saying, “The Hastert rule is, if the majority doesn’t support it, it doesn’t come to the floor.” ).

“The Johnson Rule is that if 80% of Democrats don’t support it, we don’t put it on the floor. And that’s a problem,” he added. “If Mike Johnson insists on getting to the finish line, Joe Biden and [Senate Majority Leader] I want Chuck Schumer. …I think he’s already over-borrowed his political funds. ”

Republican hardliners such as Mr. Massey and Mr. Gosar have repeatedly accused Mr. Johnson of breaking his promise to secure U.S. borders before funding foreign military and humanitarian aid. Ron Sachs – CNP of the New York Post

Mr Jeffries countered on Friday that “Marjorie Taylor Greene, Mr Massey and Mr Gosar in Moscow are quite a group” and their plot against Mr Johnson revolved around rescuing the speaker from his own party. He added that he “will play some role” in the deliberations of the Democratic caucus.

Mr. Massey, Mr. Gosar and other hardline Republicans have repeatedly accused Mr. Johnson of breaking his promise to secure the U.S. border before funding foreign military and humanitarian aid, which he says will lead to the migrant crisis. is becoming even more serious.

Gosar said that has led to an alarming spike in crime, drug overdose deaths and human trafficking.

Greene was not among the eight House Republicans who voted to remove former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) last October. Jack Gruber / USA TODAY NETWORK

“My congressional district in Arizona, a stronghold of invasion, is being battered by a surge in lawbreakers,” he said in a statement Friday. “Congress cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the consequences of Biden’s disastrous open borders policy, nor can we sit back and wait for Biden to halt this invasion through executive legislative policy.”

Last October, eight House Republicans led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) joined with 208 Democrats to expel former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and the entire Republican conference The House of Commons remained in chaos for several weeks before unanimously electing Mr. Johnson as the next Prime Minister. This is the next speaker.

At the time, Mr. Gaetz indicated he would file a motion to remove Mr. McCarthy, who passed a government funding agreement that included secret provisions to aid Ukraine.

McCarthy last week accused Gaetz of taking action “to thwart an ethics complaint for sleeping with a 17-year-old.”

“Did he do it? I don’t know,” the former chairman said.

Greene, Massey and Gosar were not among the seven other Republicans who voted to fire McCarthy.

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