Greene Challenges Johnson’s Leadership, Calls for Accountability Vote in House

House Speaker Mike Johnson of Louisiana appears to have strong support among House Democrats to maintain his leadership position. Despite this, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who had previously filed a motion to vacate the chair, has announced her intention to force a vote next week. Additionally, Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky, who had previously expressed support for Greene’s efforts, was also present.

Greene’s press conference emphasized the support Johnson has from House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York, with enlarged photos showing Johnson and Jeffries interacting. Massie criticized Johnson for doing the bidding of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Joe Biden, particularly in relation to the passage of a foreign aid package. In response, Johnson expressed disapproval of the motion to oust him, stating that it is detrimental to the Republican Conference, the institution, and the country.

Greene highlighted the significance of a recorded vote to identify which members support Johnson, referring to it as a win for the American people. She stressed the importance of having a list of names and indicated her determination to pursue the motion despite potential failure. It is anticipated that the first motion to be considered will be to table or dismiss the motion to vacate the chair. Johnson and his allies, along with some Democrats, are expected to vote to table or dismiss Greene’s resolution.

Overall, the situation reflects a division within the Republican Party regarding Johnson’s leadership, with Greene and Massie challenging his position while emphasizing the need for a recorded vote to hold members accountable. Johnson, on the other hand, remains steadfast in his contention that the motion to remove him is detrimental to the party, the institution, and the nation.

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