Speaker Johnson gets holiday break after rough opening weeks in House

 December 17, 2023

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is getting a holiday break after some rough weeks in his new role leading the House.

Several Republicans have complained over the speaker's indecision that has allowed several of the left's projects to remain unchallenged ahead of the year's end.

The situation

"Despite his inexperience and initial stumbles, Republicans are in no hurry to replace Mr. Johnson, 51, who was elected speaker on Oct. 25 after a rogue group of conservatives voted with all Democrats to remove Speaker Kevin McCarthy," the Washington Times reported.

"Mr. McCarthy, California Republican, struggled with the same difficulties leading a fractured, tiny majority despite his years in top leadership posts. The GOP conference is realizing that Mr. Johnson, a hard-right conservative elected to the House just seven years ago, can’t magically unite the conference any better than his predecessor," it added.

The Defense bill

"I love our military. That’s why I voted for the NDAA passed this summer under Speaker McCarthy that included a 30% pay raise for junior members of the military. But the NDAA negotiated by Speaker Johnson, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell and Hakeem Jeffries removed that pay raise," said Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).

"Not only that, it didn’t remove Ukraine funding and doubled it to $600 million, funded abortion vacations, and kept trans in our military. Worst of all, they shoved the FISA spy court into our defense bill. The NDAA should NEVER reauthorize the weaponization of our justice system that Joe Biden’s DOJ and the FBI are using to spy on American citizens," she continued.

The FISA issue

"Johnson had planned to tuck a short-term extension of a powerful federal government surveillance tool into the annual must-pass defense spending bill, but, 'members of the House Freedom Caucus announced their opposition to' the move," the Conservative Brief reported.

“After changing his stance and reversing course multiple times in the past week on how he plans to ensure section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act does not expire at the end of the year, Johnson settled on including a clean short-term extension of the tool until April 19, 2024, in the National Defense Authorization Act, something he said he would not do just days prior,” the report continued.

The concerns have some conservatives ready to push for a new leader again just weeks after ousting McCarthy.

The more likely scenario will wait until after the 2024 election, waiting to see who gains power in the House before making another change.

The future is expected to continue the controversy as the party looks to make an impact to start 2024.

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