Headline RoundupApril 11th, 2024

Speaker Johnson Faces Potential Republican Revolt Over Ukraine Aid

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA) is threatening to force a vote to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson (R–LA).

For Context: In October, former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was ousted from the speakership. After weeks of debate, Johnson secured the gavel. But Republicans’ majority in Congress has shrunk since October. Last month, Green filed a motion to vacate. If Green forces a vote, Johnson can only afford to lose two Republican votes, assuming Democrats all vote in favor of the motion.

Details: The dispute between Johnson and Green reportedly concerns a potential bill to provide additional aid to Ukraine. Green opposes the bill, believing the funds should be used to address the crisis at the southern border.

Key Quotes: In a memo sent to her fellow Republicans, Green stated, “I will not tolerate our elected Republican Speaker Mike Johnson serving the Democrats and the Biden administration and helping them achieve their policies that are destroying our country.” Addressing the motion at a press conference Wednesday, Johnson stated, “I don't think that would be helpful to us from a political standpoint for the Republican Party to continue to govern, maintain and keep our majority in November. I think that would have been a great hindrance to it … It would be chaos in the House.”

How the Media Covered It: Insider (Lean Left bias) quoted multiple unnamed sources close to former President Donald Trump expressing dissatisfaction with both Green’s threats to oust Johnson and the fighting among House Republicans.

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