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Tags: marjorie taylor greene | mike johnson | house | bill

Rep. Greene: I Threatened Speaker With Motion to Vacate Over Bill

By    |   Saturday, 13 January 2024 11:05 AM EST

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a strong opponent of the $1.59 trillion spending agreement announced Jan. 7, said she spoke with House Speaker Mike Johnson Friday and threatened to bring a motion to vacate his seat over the deal he reached with Democrats. 

"In my meeting with him yesterday and many other members of Congress, I let Speaker Johnson know that in no way shape and form will I support any type of [continuing resolution]," the Georgia Republican told former White House adviser Steve Bannon in an interview Saturday, reported The Hill.

Greene added that she told Johnson "in his office that I would vacate the chair," as "that is absolutely unacceptable. We actually have the power of the first. We're the ones that are in control, and we need to control the negotiation. I reiterated those same points this morning, so the ball is in his court."

Greene's comments come days after she said she's "sick of the chaos" being seen on Capitol Hill and decried Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, the policy chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, for saying he would not rule out introducing a motion to vacate against Johnson, R-La.

"I would say that Chip Roy haphazardly throwing in a motion to vacate is probably about the dumbest thing that could happen because I think the last motion to vacate was pretty stupid and has thrown our conference into utter chaos," she told reporters Tuesday while referring to last fall's motion to oust former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., reported The Hill.

Johnson, while announcing the agreement, said the deal will help avoid a partial government shutdown with some spending running out on Jan. 19. 

Greene, along with other Republicans, immediately spoke out against the bill. And on Monday she said she would vote against any bill that results from the agreement, as it does not include enough money for several party priorities, including securing the border. 

Friday, she called the bill "Nancy Pelosi's budget" and argued that Johnson, by negotiating with Democrats on aid for Ukraine, is "weakening border security."

Several House Freedom Caucus members strongly oppose the spending deal, calling it a "total failure" and accusing Johnson of making the same mistakes as McCarthy when dealing with President Joe Biden and Democrats.

Monday night, Roy told CNN he's not happy about the spending deal, but that pushing a motion for Johnson to vacate the speakership is "not the road I prefer."

"I didn't prefer to go down that road with Speaker McCarthy. We need to figure out how to get this all done together," the Texas lawmaker said.

Sandy Fitzgerald

Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics. 

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a strong opponent of the $1.59 trillion spending agreement announced Jan. 7, said she spoke with House Speaker Mike Johnson Friday and threatened to bring a motion to vacate his seat over the deal he reached with Democrats.
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