Headline RoundupOctober 25th, 2023

Mike Johnson Elected as House Speaker, Ending Weeks of GOP Gridlock

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The House elected Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) as speaker in a 220-209 party-line vote, ending weeks of gridlock and GOP infighting.

For Context: The lack of Republican defectors marked a sharp change from the previous three votes, when over 20 Republicans blocked Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) from becoming speaker. The other GOP speaker hopefuls, Reps. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Tom Emmer (R-MN), dropped out before even reaching the House floor because of opposition within their caucus. House Republicans held multiple reportedly tense closed-door meetings in the weeks since the October 3 removal of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). 

Key Quote: Calling the opportunity “the honor of a lifetime,” Johnson pledged to “ensure the House delivers results and inspires change for the American people,” adding, “We will restore trust in this body. We will advance a comprehensive conservative policy agenda, combat the harmful policies of the Biden Administration, and support our allies abroad. And we will restore sanity to a government desperately in need of it. Let’s get back to work.”

How the Media Covered It: Coverage was prominently featured in outlets across the spectrum, occasionally saying the “chaos” had “finally” ended. Coverage from the left often highlighted that Johnson was a “hard-right conservative” and “a key figure in failed efforts to overturn the 2020 election.” Some coverage from the right also noted Johnson’s role in the 2020 election, albeit much lower down in articles.

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