MTG Files Motion to Oust Speaker Johnson

MTG Files Motion to Oust Speaker Johnson

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
March 22, 2024

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R) already faced backlash for rushing a vote on what Republicans have called the "Swamp Omnibus." With the spending package now having passed, some Republicans are pursuing a response. Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R) has filed a motion to oust Speaker Johnson from his position.

Ahead of the vote, Republicans were vocal about their opposition to the spending package.

Texas Rep. Chip Roy (R), who's even called out social conservative groups for not speaking out against the "Swamp Omnibus," commented that "a no vote on the Swamp Omnibus is a vote for America. A yes vote is a vote for the swamp."

Ultimately, the spending package has passed, and now Republican opposition is looking to oust Speaker Johnson.

Rep. Greene, who supported Speaker Johnson assuming the position, did not file the motion as privileged, meaning that it could be referred to a committee instead of being filed as privileged, which would force a vote within two legislative days.

In speaking to reporters about the motion, Rep. Greene said that the motion to vacate was "more of a warning than a pink slip," adding that she does not intend to "throw the House into chaos."

“I’m not saying that it won’t happen in two weeks or it won’t happen in a month or who knows when. But I am saying the clock has started. It’s time for our conference to choose a new speaker,” Rep. Greene commented.

As the House embarks on a two-week recess, the expressed plan is for the recess to be used to figure out when the motion to vacate should be brought up. The House is scheduled to return to session on April 9th.

Speaker Johnson has not commented on the motion, but Raj Shah, a spokesman for the Speaker, said that Speaker Johnson's focus is  “on governing. He will continue to push conservative legislation that secures our border, strengthens our national defense and demonstrates how we’ll grow our majority.”

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina was the Opinion Editor of his high school’s newspaper, and he was also Editor-in-Chief of Miami Dade College’s Urbana literary and arts magazine wherein he also won the 2013 FCSAA Best Fiction Story in the State of Florida Award. He’s currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in English Literature. Hobbies in his free time include reading, writing and watching films and basketball.

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