Right-wing Fury Aimed at Mike Johnson Over Spending Bill

(UnitedHeadlines.com) – House Republicans are criticizing the House Speaker and Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson after a $1.2 trillion bill to fund the government through Sept. 30 passed in the House on March 22.

The bill for funding fiscal year 2024 passed with a vote of 286-134, with the majority of the Republican conference voting against it. The bill, a bipartisan compromise, maintained 2023 spending levels.

Many of the 112 House Republicans who voted against the bill quickly spoke out and jumped into action against Johnson.

On March 22, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene filed a motion to vacate Johnson’s speakership. Though she said other House Republicans support her filing the motion to vacate, there is no timeline for a vote. In a March 24 appearance on Fox News, she said Johnson has “led us to a complete catastrophe.”

In an interview on March 24 on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Texas Rep. Chip Roy criticized Johnson for waiving a rule that gives House members 72 hours to review major legislation and for the substance of the bill. He added that if Johnson moves a bill for aid for Ukraine to the House floor, “there’s going to be a problem.”

Tennessee Rep. Tim Burchett said Republicans are “very” frustrated with Johnson because of “how bad the bill was.” Despite his criticism of Johnson, Burchett warned Republicans that by removing Johnson, House Minority Leader and New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries could end up in the role of House Speaker.

Though he disagreed with Johnson’s decision about the funding bill, South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman also warned that “now is not the time to remove him as Speaker.”

In a March 24 interview on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” former House Speaker and former California Rep. Kevin McCarthy offered support for Johnson, claiming he “is doing the very best job he can.”

Despite the pushback and criticism, Johnson said after the House is back in session on April 9, he will bring a separate bill to provide military assistance to Ukraine.

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