Democrats: We'll Save Johnson From MTG

But Greene plans to move forward anyway
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2024 11:15 AM CDT
Updated Apr 30, 2024 1:37 PM CDT
Mike Johnson Is Now Safe From Greene's Threat
House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La.   (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

It looks like Mike Johnson will be able to keep his gavel at least through the end of the current House term. Democratic leaders on Tuesday promised to come to his rescue should GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene follow through on her threat to try to oust the House speaker, reports the Hill. "If she invokes the motion, it will not succeed," said a statement from Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and Democratic Whip Katherine Clark. The decision came after a party meeting in which Jeffries gauged sentiment, reports Politico.

Some, including Rep. Zoe Lofgren, voiced objections given Johnson's support of efforts to overturn the 2020 election, but she said she would abide by the leaders' decision. Many Democrats already have said they would back Johnson because he struck a deal to provide foreign aid to Ukraine as part of new spending legislation. On Tuesday, Johnson made a point to tell reporters that he "made no deals at all" to remain in the post, per Roll Call.

It appears Greene will move forward despite the Democrats' move, reports the Hill. The congresswoman tweeted later Tuesday that she would bring the measure to the floor. "If the Democrats want to elect him Speaker (and some Republicans want to support the Democrats' chosen Speaker), I'll give them the chance to do it," she wrote, adding that she was "a big believer in recorded votes because putting Congress on record allows every American to see the truth and provides transparency to our votes." No word on when that might happen. This story was updated with Greene's comments. (More Mike Johnson stories.)

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