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Thu Feb 22, 2024, 10:15 AM Feb 22

Republicans Push For Discharge Petition Against Mike Johnson [View all]

Source: Newsweek

Published Feb 22, 2024 at 5:46 AM EST

Campaign group Republicans for Ukraine are launching a six-figure advertising blitz urging GOP House members to support a discharge petition to pass a bill containing additional military aid for Ukraine, after Speaker Mike Johnson declined to bring it to a vote.

On February 13 the Senate passed a $95 billion package including an additional $60 billion in aid for Ukraine, but it must also be approved by the House before President Joe Biden can sign it into law. Currently Johnson is refusing to hold a vote on the package, which he claimed is "silent on the most pressing issue facing our country," in a reference to illegal immigration.

On Wednesday Republicans for Ukraine announced a "six-figure digital ad" campaign aimed at the 10 House Republicans they seem most likely to sign a discharge petition. A discharge petition, which would require the support of 218 House members including at least four Republicans, could allow the aid package to go to a vote without Johnson's backing. Supporters of Ukraine are confident they have the numbers needed to pass the package in the House if they can get it to a vote.

Speaking to Newsweek, Republicans for Ukraine spokesperson Gunner Ramer said: "For generations, the Republican Party prided itself on standing up to dictators and leading the free world. Many Republicans, including many in Congress, still identify with that party and that role for America. Right now the critical issue in the world is whether free countries will help defeat Putin in Ukraine.

Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/republicans-push-discharge-petition-against-mike-johnson-1872277

The discharge petition pretty much requires 218 signatures so if all (D)s (212 currently) vote for it, they just need 6 (R)s (there are 219 (R)s).

There are also 4 vacancies (1 (D) with special election in April & 3 (R)s with a NY-3 flip to (D) who will be sworn in Feb 28 (making it 213 (D)s), and additional special elections in May & June).
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I think the speaker would welcome the opportunity to have Ukraine funding forced on him ... marble falls Feb 22 #1
If that's the case Katcat Feb 22 #16
Impossible to lead the fools in the GOP congress. honest.abe Feb 22 #21
Not at all. A good leader gets his agenda by leading and following as needed. Don't stretch this into ... marble falls Feb 22 #24
problem here is we have a traitorous antidemocratic speaker under our enemies' thumb onetexan Feb 22 #35
Weak leaders try to play it both ways Ohioboy Feb 22 #23
Two questions bluestarone Feb 22 #2
If they can manage to get it to the floor, it will pass Wednesdays Feb 22 #3
And there is the rub Blue Idaho Feb 22 #18
Not when.... SergeStorms Feb 22 #34
nailed it Evolve Dammit Feb 22 #38
Omar and Jayapal have said they won't sign on. AllyCat Feb 23 #43
I could be wrong, but my gut feeling is about half of Rs will do the right thing. KS Toronado Feb 22 #4
The Ukrainian People Have Given A Master Class In Courage to the world. Botany Feb 22 #5
I like your "master class in courage" locution. NNadir Feb 22 #15
"A master class in courage," Ukrainian "Sunflower Lady." Put these seeds in your pocket so flowers will .. Botany Feb 22 #20
This needs a THOUSAND RECS!! lastlib Feb 22 #25
Minor point.... AZ8theist Feb 22 #28
Flynn worked in intelligence and was in a position to warn President Obama prior to Russia's ..... Botany Feb 22 #29
Not sure we would even come close. Evolve Dammit Feb 22 #39
They follow trump like ducklings following their mother. pwb Feb 22 #6
When is the break over and will Ukraine survive MadameButterfly Feb 22 #7
I believe a discharge petition takes at least 30 days to implement. gab13by13 Feb 22 #10
The idea is to force Johnson BootinUp Feb 22 #14
but I understand they went home for break and Johnson didn't allow anything to come up MadameButterfly Feb 22 #36
Someone posted another thread BootinUp Feb 22 #37
THanks MadameButterfly Feb 23 #44
Kick orangecrush Feb 22 #8
Maybe just take all those $millions of prospective ad monies PTL_Mancuso Feb 22 #9
Ukrainians are being maimed and killed every day dlk Feb 22 #11
I looked it up gab13by13 Feb 22 #12
That's based on when a bill has been sent to Committee to consider BumRushDaShow Feb 22 #27
This is how Mike Johnson proves he's no better (and probably even worse) than Kevin McCarthy FakeNoose Feb 22 #13
Johnson can't operate outside slightlv Feb 22 #31
I think he lives in a completely different world... NowsTheTime Feb 22 #32
Will be interesting to see how Spartz (R, In) will vote. She immigrated from Ukraine question everything Feb 22 #17
I am sorry they only need 4-5 republicans and I suspect there are a lot more Bev54 Feb 22 #19
I was hoping they would do this. patphil Feb 22 #22
I just e-mailed my Congress-slug..... lastlib Feb 22 #26
Campaign group Republicans for Ukraine are launching a six-figure advertising blitz. elleng Feb 22 #30
That's the part that has my head spinning. progressoid Feb 23 #41
It's an outside group trying to push them. They'll get nowhere. Novara Feb 22 #33
Headlines: "Republicans pass historic bill to save Ukraine" NBachers Feb 22 #40
Why doesnt one of the retiring Reps do the "motion to vacate" stunt? oldsoftie Feb 23 #42
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