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Speaker Johnson Reportedly Facing Same Fate as McCarthy: ‘He’s in Way, Way Over His Head’

Speaker Johnson Reportedly Facing Same Fate as McCarthy: ‘He’s in Way, Way Over His Head’

House Speaker Mike Johnson, who is facing the wrath of conservative House Republicans, could end up facing the same fate as former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, according to multiple reports.

Newsweek summed up its report on the possibility that the Louisiana Republican might be removed from office by dissident Republicans in the same method as McCarthy, who has since left Congress, by saying Johnson’s “speakership is unraveling.”

Under House rules, all it takes is one member to call for a vote on keeping Johnson in power before the process that led to McCarthy being ousted begins again.

A Punchbowl News report quoted what it said was a House Republican it did not name as venting frustration that House Republicans seem to be growing weaker under Johnson.

“Significant concerns growing about Mike’s ability to jump to this level and deliver conservative wins. Growing feeling that he’s in way, way over his head. As much as there was valid criticism and frustration with Kevin, Mike is struggling to grow into the job and is just getting rolled even more than McCarthy did,” Punchbowl quoted its source, who it said was not a Freedom Caucus member, as saying.

The report indicated that Republicans are irked that instead of pushing back against the Fiscal Responsibility Act agreed to by McCarthy, which sets budget parameters and has been denounced by fiscal conservatives, Johnson played along with it.

The current rift concerns the federal budget. In theory, the budget is supposed to be in place by Oct. 1, but final adoption was delayed, leading to a series of continuing resolutions to keep the government operating. A budget unveiled over the weekend was roundly denounced by several House Republicans — and Johnson along with it.

Punchbowl’s report said Johnson could be open to scrapping the deal to go with more continuing resolutions as a way to deal with the pressure from conservative House Republicans for a win. That would allow for further talks on the details of the budget agreement.

One GOP legislator noted that House Republicans cannot translate a very fragile power base with a razor-thin majority into major legislative victories.

The budget dilemma comes as some House members have criticized the National Defense Authorization Act that passed late last year, Newsweek noted. The bill included some features that conservatives opposed, such as an extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia said Johnson “shoved the FISA spy court into our defense bill.”


This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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