Johnson angers Republicans for not disarming House rebels’ biggest weapon

House Speaker Mike Johnson‘s (R-LA) decision not to back a change to the threshold for bringing a motion to vacate the speakership has angered some House Republicans as the speaker faces the threat of ouster.

Reports swirled on Thursday that Johnson was considering changing the requirement for a member of the GOP conference to bring a motion to vacate, but he later denied he would seek a rule change in a post on X.

“Since the beginning of the 118th Congress, the House rule allowing a Motion to Vacate from a single member has harmed this office and our House majority,” he wrote. “Recently, many members have encouraged me to endorse a new rule to raise this threshold.”

“While I understand the importance of that idea, any rule change requires a majority of the full House, which
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