Democrat floats rule change to prevent Speaker Johnson ouster

A centrist Democrat is reportedly floating a fail-safe measure to protect Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) from being ousted by members of his own conference. 

The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), would amend House rules to require that a motion to vacate, the procedure used to depose Speaker Kevin McCarthy, receives the support of Republican or Democratic Party leadership before being brought to the floor, according to a copy of the legislation obtained by Axios.

The proposal, if it came to pass, would give Johnson some breathing room as he navigates bipartisan legislation related to government spending and foreign aid that has sparked backlash from hard-line conservatives

Under the current rules, any one member can propose a motion to remove the House speaker. That rule was agreed to by McCarthy to garner enough support to secure the gavel
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