Mike Johnson calls for Biden employees to be fired over Israel protest

 January 15, 2024

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-La.) called for dozens of Biden administration employees to be fired ahead of a planned walkout on Tuesday in protest of Biden's handling of the war in Gaza. 

Dozens of employees from 22 different federal agencies are planning to participate, under the name "Feds United for Peace."

Johnson calls for Biden firings

The progressive outlet Al-Monitor reported that dozens of Biden employees, from agencies including the Department of Defense and State, will leave work on Tuesday to mark 100 days of Israel's campaign in Gaza.

“Any government worker who walks off the job to protest U.S. support for our ally Israel is ignoring their responsibility and abusing the trust of taxpayers. They deserve to be fired,” Johnson said.

“Oversight Chairman [James] Comer and I will be working together to ensure that each federal agency initiates appropriate disciplinary proceedings against any person who walks out on their job.”

In response to Johnson, the walkout organizers said, "this is not a strike."

"This is a day of mourning. The purpose is to provide space for ourselves to mourn and heal. We serve the American people every day and do so with conviction and pride,” the organizers told Al-Monitor in a statement.

Biden under pressure from the left

Protesters demanding a cease-fire in Gaza have gathered regularly outside the White House and have followed Biden on the campaign trail, heckling him as a "genocide" supporter.

Biden has also faced anonymous backlash from within the White House and his own re-election campaign.

One walkout organizer said the protest "grew out of a collective desire to do what we could to influence the Biden administration’s policy on this issue.”

“What you’re seeing with this effort is something very unusual, and that is for the dissent to be manifested via a physical act,” one organizer of the walkout told Al-Monitor.

Biden told a group of protesters in South Carolina last week that he is pushing Israel to "get out" of Gaza.

Johnson is facing his own headaches, as he faces threats of removal from his right for compromising on spending with Biden and the Dems.

The Speaker is pushing ahead with a $1.6 trillion agreement as Congress attempts to hash out a budget for 2024.

Ahead of a January 19 deadline, Johnson is backing a short-term resolution to keep the government open for another two months while negotiations continue.

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