MTG Pulls A Gaetz On Mike Johnson 

Daily Report March 23,2024

The GOP-led House could be facing weeks of complete chaos once members resume after the two-week Easter recess, following Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) latest motion.

Greene, on Friday, filed a motion that would force a vote to strip the gavel from House Speaker Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA). The motion, which is not privileged, will not be brought before the House for another two weeks.

Greene made the move moments before the House voted on a $1.2 trillion minibus spending bill released at 2 a.m. Thursday morning. The bill did not receive a majority support from House Republicans. Johnson, notwithstanding, brought the bill before the House, a move Greene says violates the rules intended to give lawmakers adequate time to review legislation.

Johnson’s move also violates the Hastert Rule, which dictates that a Republican Speaker cannot pass legislation without the support of the majority of the House Republican Conference. Only 101 House Republicans supported the bill compared to 112 of their GOP colleagues who opposed the bill.

“Speaker Johnson violated our rules and forced us to vote for a bill funding open borders, abortion, and trans ideology for our kids,” Green wrote on X. “Republican voters deserve a leader who will stand up, not roll over to Chuck Schumer. It’s time to select a new Speaker of the House.”

Greene’s move is similar to the one Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) used to remove Johnson’s predecessor, former Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), last October.

Greene’s move could put the House-GOP conference in further chaos after Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) announced he will leave Congress in April. Gallagher’s announcement could further shorten the super slim Republican majority.

“I’ve worked closely with House Republican leadership on this timeline and look forward to seeing Speaker Mike Johnson appoint a new chair to carry out the important mission of the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party,” he wrote in a post on X.

Gallagher’s announcement shocked many conservatives, with many on X accusing him of sabotaging his Republican colleagues.

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