Johnson refuses to change rule to protect speakership ahead of contentious foreign aid vote

by Renata

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-La.) is defying calls to up the threshold of votes needed to vacate the speakership, even though it might cost him his job.

Currently, it only takes one member to bring a motion to vacate, a rule made as part of a deal between former Speaker Kevin McCarthy and hardline Republicans to allow McCarthy to assume his previous position. Johnson says the rule has harmed the Republican majority, but says “Any rule change requires a majority of the full House.” Johnson added he’s not worried about losing his job.

This comes as Republican Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), and Paul Gosar (Ariz.) are threatening to oust Johnson for pursuing Ukraine funding without additional provisions for the border.

House Democrats helped Johnson move forward with a foreign aid package earlier today, setting up a final vote tomorrow.