Taylor-Greene and Massie Prepare Force Speaker Johnson Expulsion Vote Next Week

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Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) received the endorsement of House Democrat Leadership on Tuesday, which he will soon have to leverage.

Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) declared at a crowded press conference outside the Capitol on Wednesday that they would push for a vote on Greene’s motion to vacate “next week.”

Standing in front of the Capitol dome, Greene and Massie accused Johnson of three betrayals related to government funding, surveillance of American citizens, and funding for Ukraine without prioritizing border security.

While this move was anticipated, Wednesday’s events highlight the challenging path ahead for Johnson in maintaining his leadership position — not just in the immediate future, but also beyond November.

Mike Johnson

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Greene explained her initial hopes when filing and why she waited more than six weeks to force a vote on her motion.

“I was being conscious and caring about my conference in our majority. It was a warning to stop serving the Democrats and support our Republican conference and support our agenda. And he didn’t do it.”

After Greene submitted her motion, Johnson went on to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by casting the deciding vote to eliminate the warrant requirement. He then shifted his position on Ukraine funding.

“Now we have Hakeem Jeffries and the Democrats coming out, embracing Mike Johnson with a warm hug and a big wet sloppy kiss,” Greene said, arguing Democrats endorsed Johnson “because Mike Johnson is giving them everything they want. Everything. Every single thing.”

Hakeem Jeffries and Mike Johnson

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries hands newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson the gavel at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 25, 2023. (TOM BRENNER/AFP via Getty Images)

She complained that Republicans under Johnson have rejected the demands of the voters who sent them to Washington. “We won the house in 2022,” she said, “but what have we done with it? What are we giving Republican voters to vote for?”

Greene’s opinion is that if Johnson continues as speaker, it will not only lead to Republicans losing control of the House but…

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