House Republicans in Turmoil: Threats Emerge Against Speaker Johnson

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House Republicans Clash Over Leadership as Threats Emerge Against Speaker Johnson

House Republicans are once again finding themselves in the midst of internal turmoil as threats against House Speaker Mike Johnson’s leadership begin to surface from the right wing of their conference. The tensions have arisen due to Johnson’s deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer aimed at avoiding a government shutdown.

“Anyone that wants to go in that direction is showing how unserious they are about us maintaining the majority,” said Rep. Nick Langworthy, R-N.Y., in response to suggestions of filing a motion to vacate against Johnson. “It looks like they’re just trying to sabotage the future, and they’re working for Joe Biden at that point.”

Hardliners Express Fury Over Bipartisan Deal

Many GOP hardliners are furious over Johnson’s bipartisan deal, which they believe puts the conference in a disadvantageous position. Some have drawn comparisons to a similar deal struck by former Speaker Kevin McCarthy with President Biden last spring.

Johnson at House GOP presser

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, has not ruled out filing a motion to vacate against Johnson, stating on “The Steve Deace Show,” “I’m leaving it on the table. I’m not gonna say I’m gonna go file it tomorrow. I’m not saying I’m not going to file it tomorrow.”

However, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., who also has reservations about the deal, emphasized that the real problem lies with the leaders in the Senate and the White House, not with Johnson.

Debate Over Motion to Vacate

The motion to vacate, which triggers a vote to oust the House speaker, was allowed by McCarthy during his tenure, and Johnson has not changed this rule. Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Mo., a hardliner who opposes Johnson’s deal, believes that the motion to vacate is an important measure that should not be taken off the table.

Rep. Chip Roy

Similar to McCarthy’s situation, threats to Johnson’s leadership arose after he negotiated a bipartisan spending deal with a Democratic Senate and White House. However, establishment conservatives and mainstream Republicans argue that removing another leader would have severe consequences for the party.

Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., dismissed the idea of ousting Johnson as “ludicrous,” stating that the speaker is doing his best to secure a deal for one-third of the government, and they should support him.

Divided Opinions Within the Party

While some hardliners are opposed to Johnson’s deal, others, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who initiated McCarthy’s removal, do not support filing a motion to vacate against Speaker Johnson.

Rep.Don Bacon, R-Neb.

Johnson himself remains unfazed by the threats, stating during a House GOP leadership press conference, “I’m not concerned about that, we’re leading. We have very difficult challenges, but we’re going to advance the ball, we’re going to advance our conservative principles, and we’re going to demonstrate that we can govern well.”

The Future of House Republican Leadership

The clash within the House Republican conference over Johnson’s leadership and the bipartisan deal highlights the ongoing divisions within the party. As tensions rise, it remains to be seen how the situation will unfold and what impact it will have on the party’s unity and ability to govern effectively.