Tuesday, 21 May 2024

DEVELOPING: Another Republican Throws Support Behind Motion To Vacate House Speaker Mike Johnson


Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) announced he would join Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) in co-sponsoring Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) motion to vacate House Speaker Mike Johnson.

Gosar issued a statement on supporting the Motion to Vacate the Speaker.

“Nearly 11 million illegal aliens have crossed our southern border in the past three years. My congressional district in Arizona, ground zero for the invasion, is getting pummeled by the surge of lawbreakers. These illegal aliens have brought violent crime, deadly drugs, human trafficking and are depleting resources and services meant for U.S. citizens. In fact, every state has become a border state. Communities across the country are being ravaged, families are being destroyed and Americans in need are being ignored. Congress cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the consequence of Biden’s disastrous open border policies, nor can it idly wait for Biden to halt this invasion through executive fiat. Congress has the responsibility to solve this crisis,” Gosar said.

“Yet rather than spending the resources to secure our southern border and combating the invasion of 11 million illegals and despite repeated promises there would be no additional money going to Ukraine without first securing our border, the United States House of Representatives, under the direction of the Speaker, is on the verge of sending another $61 billion to further draw America into an endless and purposeless war in Ukraine,” Gosar continued.

“I have added my name in support of the motion to vacate the Speaker. Our border cannot be an afterthought. We need a Speaker who puts America first rather than bending to the reckless demands of the warmongers, neo-cons and the military industrial complex making billions from a costly and endless war half a world away,” he concluded.

Massie announced Tuesday he would co-sponsor Greene’s motion to vacate the chair.

“I just told Mike Johnson in conference that I’m cosponsoring the Motion to Vacate that was introduced by @RepMTG. He should pre-announce his resignation (as Boehner did), so we can pick a new Speaker without ever being without a GOP Speaker,” Massie said.

Massie stated:

Speaker Johnson has led the GOP to pass:

1) an omnibus that spends more than Pelosi’s highest year

2) an expansion of the domestic warrantless surveillance program

and this week he’s pushing

3) Schumer’s dream bill which contains $100 billion of foreign aid, mostly for war.

As a reminder, Johnson voted against the amendment to include warrants to spy on Americans in the reauthorization of FISA Section 702.

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“This is how the Constitution dies. By a tie vote, the amendment to require a warrant to spy on Americans goes down in flames. This is a sad day for America. The Speaker doesn’t always vote in the House, but he was the tie breaker today. He voted against warrants,” Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) commented.

The foreign aid legislation pushed by Johnson overwhelmingly cleared the first hurdle to advance in the House.

The House voted 316-94 to advance the legislation.

55 Republicans voted no.

The foreign aid package allocates approximately $26 billion for Israel, $61 billion for Ukraine and $8 billion for the Indo-Pacific.

House Of Representatives Easily Clears Hurdle To Advance Foreign Aid Package


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