Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Massie threatens to oust Speaker Johnson if he doesn’t step down over foreign aid plan

Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., is facing renewed motion to vacate threats a day after he introduced a plan to pass foreign aid.

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., threatened to force a vote to oust the speaker during remarks in House Republicans’ closed-door conference meeting on Tuesday morning, if the speaker did not willingly step aside first. He’s the second conservative to do so after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., filed a motion to vacate against Johnson last month.

‘I asked him to resign…he said he would not,’ Massie told reporters after the meeting. ‘And I said, well, you’re the one who’s going to put us into this because the motion is going to get called, OK? The motion will get called.’

Massie took it a step further and said Johnson would lose more GOP support than the eight House Republicans who voted to oust former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., last year.

Asked about the chaos wrought in October during the race to replace McCarthy, Massie said, ‘We ended up with some guy nobody in America ever heard of.’

A defiant Johnson said at his weekly press conference afterward, ‘I am not resigning.’

‘It is, in my view an absurd notion that someone would bring a vacate motion. We’re simply here trying to do our job. It is not helpful,’ Johnson said. ‘It is not helping the House Republicans advance our agenda, which is in the best interest of the American people.’

Massie is among the conservatives pushing back against Johnson’s plan for aid to Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan, which was announced Monday night and is already facing pushback from members on the right over its lack of border security provisions. He predicted that the proposal would not even pass its initial procedural hurdle on the House floor, a chamber-wide rule vote.

‘I’m the canary in the coal mine. This rule’s dead on arrival,’ Massie said.

A GOP lawmaker who was present at the meeting said Massie told Johnson that he should ‘just get all this legislation out of the way and then announce he’s not going to stay speaker.’

Asked if Massie was serious about trying to oust Johnson, the GOP lawmaker said, ‘I’ve never found him as someone who is not serious.’

A second GOP lawmaker said Johnson responded to Massie with some form of ‘Bring it on’ challenge – and noted that McCarthy made similar comments when presented with a leadership fight.

‘My experience has been so far, don’t do that,’ the second GOP lawmaker said.

While no House Republicans leaving the Tuesday morning meeting said they would back Massie’s effort, they were divided on whether his accusations had any merit.

‘I think if the speaker ignores the obvious desire of the conference to include border control [in the foreign aid plan], and I think a lot of people who want part of this to be paid for, I think he ignores that at his own risk,’ House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., told Fox News Digital.

Meanwhile, Rep. Anthony D’Esposito, R-N.Y., told Fox News Digital of Massie’s threat, ‘I think it’s ridiculous. Speaker Johnson is doing the best job that he can with a divided conference. I think it’s about time we come together.’

Massie said he would sign onto Greene’s existing resolution to vacate Johnson. But unless they file it as a privileged motion, as was the case with McCarthy, there is nothing compelling House Republican leadership to hold a vote.

This post appeared first on FOX NEWS

Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!

Latest

Economy

Pavel Durov, the founder of Telegram, has received a generous donation from over half a million players of the viral Telegram-based clicker game called...

Economy

The crypto industry has made a record $94 million in political donations since 2023 in an effort to support pro-crypto governance. According to a...

Economy

As the Floki (FLOKI) bulls eye a quick 50% rally from current levels around $0.00021 to yearly highs above $0.00031 after a key technical...

Economy

Bank of America (BAC) upgraded its rating on Coinbase (COIN) shares from underperform to neutral on Friday and raised its price target for Coinbase to...

Economy

In a major move, Turkey drafted a crypto bill, tabled by the ruling party (AK Party) Group Chairperson Abdullah Güler on May 16, to...

Economy

Hong Kong became the first region outside mainland China to allow users to open digital wallets and hold China’s CBDC e-CNY, otherwise known as...

You May Also Like

Financial Advisors

[#item_full_content]

Financial Advisors

[#item_full_content]

Financial Advisors

The humongous outbreak of the dreaded coronavirus has brought about a groundbreaking change in what the world perceived as ‘normal’. With an estimated 280,391,189...

Disclaimer: Respect Investment.com, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2024 Respect Investment. All Rights Reserved.