Hardliners on right furious over Speaker Johnson passing spending bill over their opposition

 March 26, 2024

Some House Republicans are reportedly furious that Speaker Mike Johnson passed a spending bill with less than half of Republicans voting for it, which helped to avert a partial government shutdown.

The vote was 286-134, but only 101 Republicans voted for the measure.

The move led Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to call for a vote to vacate Johnson's leadership, something that any member can do at any time.

Other staunch conservatives said they are deciding whether to support Taylor Greene's vote to join with Democrats in ousting Johnson. If all Democrats vote against Johnson's leadership, only three Republican votes are needed to do so.

Doing the best he can

"We'll have to have a conversation in the conference depending on what Marjorie intends to do," Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) told Axios on Friday.

Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) told Axios conservatives are "very" frustrated at Johnson as they are "finding out how bad the bill was."

Ousted Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said he thinks Johnson is "doing the very best job he can."

McCarthy also said he doesn't think Republicans will oust a second speaker within a year.

He urged Johson to "not be fearful of a motion to vacate," adding, "I do not think they could do it again ... I don't think the Democrats will go along with it."

Democrat help

Democrats have offered to vote to keep Johnson in exchange for aid to Ukraine, something that probably will not happen.

But at least one Democrat said even if Johnson doesn't deliver up a Ukraine aid package, they would probably help rescue him from a Republican ouster because they think he did the right thing in avoiding the government shutdown and don't want to punish him for it.

Even Taylor Greene said she would probably not take action on the motion to vacate unless Johnson did attempt to bring a Ukraine aid package to the floor.

And some Republicans who are unhappy with the spending package believe that an ouster would not be appropriate in this case because the consequences could be a Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) speakership.

"The decision by Speaker Johnson was unfortunate for America and one I disagree with, however now is not the time to remove him as Speaker," Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) said.

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