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Thu May 9, 2024, 06:12 AM May 9

Democrats make no promises about bailing out Mike Johnson again [View all]

Source: Axios

10 hours ago

House Democrats aren't committing themselves to saving Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) should Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) take another shot at removing him.

Why it matters: Greene caught colleagues in both parties by surprise by forcing an ouster vote on Wednesday, leading some lawmakers to fear she's not above repeated attempts.

  • "I talked to probably 30 or 40 members, nobody expected it," said one senior House Democrat.
  • The lawmaker told Axios that a "question that came up quite a bit" on the Democratic side during the vote was "how many times can she do this?"

  • Driving the news: Greene forced a vote on what is known as a motion to vacate against Johnson, with Republican leadership to moving to "table" – kill – the measure.

  • The measure was blocked 359-43, an overwhelming bipartisan rejection of Greene.
  • Just 11 right-wing Republicans and 32 mostly progressive Democrats voted to allow a vote on ousting Johnson, with another seven Democrats voting present.

  • What we're hearing: Democratic leadership, which had previously made clear they would vote to table the motion, did not actively whip the vote on the House floor, according to multiple Democratic lawmakers.

  • All they did was "let us know how they were going to be voting shortly before the vote," said one House Democrat.
  • The lawmaker said that "a lot of people who had been conflicted" about their vote were swayed to kill the measure after Greene's "absurd" speech
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    What they're saying: House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), asked at a press conference after the vote what Democrats would do on potential future votes, responded, "haven't given it a thought."

    Read more: https://www.axios.com/2024/05/09/democrats-mike-johnson-motion-to-vacate
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