In what could bring more drama to Congress, House Democrats are making moves that could turn House Speaker Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) against his Republican colleagues, according to Politico.
According to Politico, House Democrats are offering to save Johnson’s speakership if he does the right thing and help pass an immigration deal struck by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and Democrats.
The speaker would most likely face a motion to vacate if he helps Democrats pass the immigration bill, which Breitbart News says would do little to combat the border crisis unfolding under President Joe Biden. House Democrats are now offering to back Johnson should his GOP colleagues turn him if he helps pass the bill.
MSNBC – 1/19/2024 – Democrats might vote to keep Speaker Mike Johnson as Speaker of the House pic.twitter.com/qSD1rpf5tI
— CaseStudyQB – #CeaseFireNOW (@CaseStudyQB) January 20, 2024
He’s got to decide if he’s going to do what’s right — or he’s going to do what’s politically expedient to just keep himself there for another — er, I don’t know how long,” Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) said.
House Homeland Security Committee Bennie Thompson (D-MS) admitted that while Democrats are not obliged to save Johnson’s job, it would be a pity not to back the speaker if he helped pass the bill.
“Our job is not to save Johnson, but I think it would be a mighty pity, if he did the right thing … for us not to support him,” Thompson said. “Up to this point, he’s been a fairly honest broker.”
The latest development marked a change from just three months ago when Democrats refused to help former House speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) when he was ousted as speaker. Several Democrat lawmakers and aides who spoke with Politico’s Playbook said both men were different, with many viewing Johnson as trustworthy. Several Democrats view McCarthy as a bad-faith actor who lied to them.
“People really underestimate the degree to which people really didn’t like Kevin McCarthy,” Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) said. “The argument I’ve made to Mike is: You’re going to make an enormous amount of progress on the border however this comes out — and you’ve still got your political issue because you think there’s more that needs to be done.”
Three years ago today, President Biden entered office and began to take executive action to undermine our border security.
The border crisis is a consequence of bad border policies.
The President must reverse these actions and secure our border. pic.twitter.com/V5uIYrH5z1
— Speaker Mike Johnson (@SpeakerJohnson) January 20, 2024
Johnson has, however, maintained that he will not back the bill under any circumstance. He has, instead, urged President Biden to use his executive authority to fix the ongoing border crisis.
My position is clear—any bill that does not solve the problem and secure the border is not acceptable to the House. pic.twitter.com/OYkLAgdu2A
— Speaker Mike Johnson (@SpeakerJohnson) January 18, 2024