GOP Annoyed By Marjorie Taylor Greene?

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( – On Monday, during an appearance at the American Hospital Association annual membership meeting, former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) argued that he did not believe there was a chance of Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) being removed from his position. 

McCarthy pointed out that while a possible ousting made “a lot of good news” he did not believe there was a chance it would happen. He added that what they needed to do was attempt to inspire and bring people in. He noted that the Democrats were unlikely to consider it a smart idea to go through with such an ousting again. He continued by arguing that after a speaker is elected he needs to be allowed to serve the job. 

Last month, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) brought forward a motion to vacate Johnson, after the Speaker had assisted in passing a spending package that allowed the government to avoid a government shutdown.

This is the same move that had led to McCarthy losing his position last October, only days after he had backed a 45-day budget extension that allowed the government to continue operating. The efforts against McCarthy had been led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.). 

Greene has now increased the pressure on the House Speaker over his handling of funding, and his recent pledge that there would be a House vote about providing further aid to Ukraine. As she argued, the focus should currently be on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Johnson indicated his plan for a House vote on Ukraine aid after the last recess. However, the issue has faced a lot of conservative opposition. 

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