MTG Attacks Speaker Mike Johnson

( – Republican lawmaker Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has filed a motion to vacate the chair after Speaker Mike Johnson aided the passage of a $1.2 trillion spending bill that Taylor Greene described as a “Democrat wish list” that did nothing to protect the southern border and continued to fund “weaponized” federal agencies.

On Twitter, the Georgia firebrand accused fellow Republican Johnson of betraying the party and described the spending bill as “the Mike Johnson-Chuck Schumer uniparty minibus.”

Fellow GOP lawmakers failed to get behind Taylor Greene’s motion to remove the Speaker, prompting her to describe the move as “more of a warning than a pink slip.”

Some analysts have suggested that Taylor Greene’s actions could backfire, particularly regarding her opposition to more American aid to Ukraine. Writing for Business Insider, Bryan Metzger suggests that lawmakers are now more likely to pass Ukraine aid legislation despite Taylor Greene’s objections. The Georgian has often described Ukraine aid as a “red line” that would persuade her to call for Johnson’s ousting.

Metzger suggests that Democrats can now use their power to persuade Johnson to pass an aid bill, promising not to support a motion to vacate in exchange.

Mr. Johnson has so far refused to allow a vote on a $95 billion spending bill passed by the Senate in February. The package includes $60 billion for Ukraine, almost $15 billion for Israel, and a further $4.8 billion for allies in the Indo-Pacific region, including Taiwan. When asked if he intends to place the bill before the House, Speaker Johnson replied, “I certainly don’t.”

The Speaker’s refusal prompted President Biden to warn that without American support, Ukraine risks defeat, and in those circumstances, Russian President Vladimir Putin will set his sights on invading other European countries, which could, in turn, spark global conflict.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the Senate for its backing and urged the House to join his fight for “freedom, democracy, and the values we all hold dear.”

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