Marjorie Taylor Greene Falters in Campaign to Remove Johnson

( – Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) will take a break to go home and consult with her constituency before advancing her motion to vacate Speaker Johnson (R-LA) in the aftermath of his pushing a $95 billion foreign aid package through the House. Greene had previously filed the paperwork to express her intention to proceed as a warning, it now remains to be seen whether she follows through with the threat.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) joined Greene’s call over the weekend following the passage of the whooper aid bill. Massie told reporters that he wants Johnson to resign which would allow the Republican caucus to select a new speaker without risking loss of control of the House or having a period where there was no Speaker.

Establishment Republicans who align with Democrats on the issue of Ukrainian war funding like Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) said that Johnson’s willingness to push the aid through “strengthens him.” The talking point seems widely available across multiple media sources: Johnson’s obedience to establishment voices on the issue makes him “seem strong,” because he’s opposing a potential motion to vacate.

Whether Greene executes her motion or not will depend on what she decides after consulting with her constituents.

Johnson has been accused of collaborating with the Democrats to pass legislation that favors their agenda while failing to actively negotiate for conservatives. Back in March, he used Democrat help to pass six spending bills. He also advanced $1.2 trillion in spending with less than half of Republicans supporting the package.

Johnson has repeatedly used confidential briefings he’s had with intelligence agencies or their representatives as reasons for changing his mind on the issue. He was previously an ardent conservative as a rank-and-file member, but his elevation to the Speakership has seen him willing to compromise and side with Democrats regularly.

Republican voters largely oppose additional war funding for Ukraine while Democrats are mostly in favor.

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