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Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene initiated a vote to remove Speaker Mike Johnson from his position.

Greene, who had been threatening the action for weeks, expressed her dissatisfaction with Johnson’s leadership, particularly his handling of several legislative issues. Among her criticisms were the decisions to bundle various bills, including a government funding package, reauthorization of warrantless surveillance powers, and a foreign aid bill involving substantial funds for Ukraine.

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Following discussions that spanned Monday and Tuesday, Greene presented a series of demands to Speaker Johnson. These demands included adherence to the Hastert rule, halting further aid to Ukraine, defunding special counsels, and implementing a spending cut if appropriations are not completed on time. Despite the extensive talks, Johnson remained non-committal on these points.

The effort to oust Johnson will likely falter, as indicated by the broad opposition from Republicans and Democrats. When Greene formally moved her resolution on Thursday, she was met with disapproval from many of her colleagues, with audible boos resonating in the chamber. Reacting to the response, Greene highlighted it as proof of what she terms the ‘uni-party’ system, criticizing the joint opposition from both parties.

Only Congressman Thomas Massie and Paul Gosar have supported Greene’s endeavor to remove Speaker Johnson.


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