House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) brushed off threats of a possible ouster from his top leadership position, expressing confidence the top-line spending agreement he brokered with Senate Democrats would “survive” attacks from hard-line conservatives.
A handful of House Republicans are vocally opposed to the $1.59 trillion spending deal that would guide how lawmakers craft the budget for fiscal 2024, accusing Johnson of failing to make deep cuts to government spending. As a result, some have publicly floated the idea of removing Johnson from the speaker’s office, threatening a repeat of what happened to his predecessor just three months ago.
“I don’t think I’m in any jeopardy of being ‘vacated,’” Johnson told Fox News on Wednesday. “It’s not something I walk around and think about.”
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) was among the first to weigh a motion to vacate against the speaker, telling the Steve Deace Show that while