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 November 27, 2023

Ken Buck says Speaker Johnson likely won’t ‘face a rebellion’

On Sunday, Representative Ken Buck, a Republican from Colorado, stated that he did not anticipate Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) to face a revolt from within his party. 

Buck stated that Johnson, who was recently elected Speaker, was doing a good job of attempting to solve the problems that were left over from the previous leadership, as The Hill reported.

“I don’t think that most Republicans blame Speaker Johnson for the problems that he is now facing, the challenges he’s facing,” Buck said in an interview on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” with Margaret Brennan.

“Those were created during the McCarthy time period, and Speaker Johnson is doing a good job to work his way through those issues,” Buck said.

According to Buck, who just made the announcement that he would be retiring from the House of Representatives, he was one of the eight Republicans who initially voted to remove former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) from his position.

Buck, who had been a member of the House Freedom Caucus for several years, had been a vocal critic of the way in which Washington politicians spend taxpayer dollars.

However, he attributed his vote against McCarthy to the fact that the former Speaker had failed to meet the promises that he had given to members in order to win in the first place.

“I supported Kevin McCarthy in January because I thought he was the person best positioned to keep our promises to our constituents,” Buck said in October about his vote to oust McCarthy.

“It’s clear that we need a principled Speaker who can keep his word not just to members of Congress, but to the American people.”

Buck, on the other hand, predicted that Johnson would not experience the same fate, despite the fact that his two-step continuing resolution that aimed to prevent a shutdown of the government received nearly twice as much support from Democrats as it did from Republicans in the House.

“So no, I don’t think he’s going to face a rebellion. I think he’s going to face support, when he finds ways to reduce our national spending, our $36 trillion debt at the end of next year — $1 trillion of money that is being spent to service that debt,” Buck said.

“Those are real existential issues that America needs to deal with, and I think Speaker Johnson is going about it the right way,” he added.

The ouster of McCarthy as house speaker was led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) who cited national debt and broken promises as the reason for his removal.

In addition to Buck and Gaetz, Republican Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Tim Burchett (Tenn.), Eli Crane (Ariz.), Bob Good (Va.), Nancy Mace (S.C.), and Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) voted to remove the speaker.

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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