Rep. Greene threatens to oust Speaker Johnson

January 14, 2024
by
Robert Ayers

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is threatening to have U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) removed from the House speakership position. 

Greene did so during an appearance Friday on Steve Bannon's War Room program.

This comes after Johnson negotiated a government spending agreement with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY). There will be more on this in a moment.

Suffice it to say, however, that Greene is among those House Republicans who are not happy with the agreement, which is why she has threatened to have Johnson removed from the speakership position.

"I would vacate the chair"

During her War Room appearance, Greene revealed that she recently met with Johnson to discuss the spending agreement and that, during this meetup, she threatened to move to "vacate the chair" if Johnson goes forward with the agreement that he has reached with Schumer.

"In my meeting with him yesterday and many other members of Congress, I let Speaker Johnson know that in no way, shape, or form will I support any type of CR [continuing resolution]," Greene said, referring to a temporary spending agreement that would avoid a government shutdown.

Greene continued by saying that House Republicans will not continue what she referred to as U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) "budget."

Greene said that she told Johnson that "if he moves forward with a separate deal - trading our border security, weakening H.R. 2  in exchange for $60 billion to Ukraine - I told him yesterday in his office that I would vacate the chair, that that is absolutely unacceptable."

Greene went on to say that "the ball is" now in Johnson's "court."

Background

Johnson has faced significant criticism from some House Republicans for the spending deal that he has reached with Schumer. Greene highlighted some of the problems with the deal, but the overall problem that these Republicans have with the deal is that it allows the government to continue spending more than they believe that it should.

Despite the criticism, Johnson has indicated that he is sticking with the deal, saying, "Our topline agreement remains."

A spending deal needs to be reached by Jan. 19 in order to avoid a government shutdown, and Johnson seems to believe that the deal that he has negotiated with Schumer is the best that Republicans can do given the fact that Democrats control the White House and Senate and the fact that Republicans only have a two-seat majority in the House.

Greene and other House Republicans obviously disagree.

The question now is whether Republicans will have Johnson removed if he proceeds with the deal. It ought to be remembered that former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was removed for essentially the same reason.

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