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 March 30, 2024

Democrats plot House takeover, eyeing Johnson's speakership

Democrats are currently plotting a takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Republicans, and it is very possible that they might succeed. 

The key to their plan, according to The Hill, is Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA).

What's going on?

Johnson has come under fire recently - from his fellow Republicans - for supporting the $1.2 trillion government spending package that has since been signed into law.

Now, some House Republicans - led by U.S. Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) - are looking to remove Johnson from the speakership position.

Fox News reports:

House conservatives like Greene remain frustrated by the package's passage and argue it extends policies outlined by the previously Democratic-controlled Congress with sky-high spending and a lack of Republican policy riders.

At the same time, the Republicans' House majority has become extremely tenuous. In fact, it is about to be down to a one-vote lead, following some premature resignations, including those of U.S. Reps. Ken Buck (R-CO) and Mike Gallagher (R-WI)..

In other words, the situation is ripe for a Democratic takeover.

Here's their plan:

In brief, it is to use the disagreement among House Republicans against them. House Democrats, in particular, have publicly expressed a willingness to help Johnson hold on to the speakership position so long as Johnson makes certain concessions to them.

If this were to happen, then the speakership - and thus the House - would essentially be in the hands of the Democrats.

Among other things, the Democrats believe that this could be a way for them to obtain funding for Ukraine in its ongoing war with Russia.

The Hill reports:

A growing chorus of Democrats say promising to protect Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) from a budding conservative coup could be their best chance to secure military aid for Kyiv that has been stalled on Capitol Hill for months.

At the moment, though, the whole situation has been put on hold, as members of the House are currently on a holiday recess until mid-April.

Looking forward

It is not clear, at the time of this writing, how this situation is going to play out. It is not clear, for example, if Greene is going to proceed with her motion to remove Johnson; it is not clear that Democrats would come to Johnson's rescue were this to happen; and, it is not clear whether Johnson would team up with the Democrats to save his speakership.

What is known is that, before leaving Washington, Johnson said that the House will consider foreign aid issues - including the funding of Ukraine - when it returns from recess. At the very least, it would be safe to predict more House chaos when House members return.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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