Democrats Signal They Would Protect Speaker Johnson If He Brought Ukraine Aid to Floor for a Vote

Some Republicans have threatened to file a motion to vacate the speaker position if Johnson allows a vote on the $95 billion bill

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the top Democrat in the House, has suggested that Democrats would protect House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) from being ousted if he brought the $95 billion foreign military aid bill to the floor for a vote.

Some Republicans have threatened to oust Johnson as speaker if he holds a vote on the bill, and it would only take one GOP member to file a motion to vacate the speakership, which would bring about a vote to oust him.

When Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was ousted, every single Democrat and eight Republicans voted against him. But Jeffries said some Democrats may be willing to promise to vote to keep Johnson as speaker if he moves forward the $95 billion bill, which includes aid for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

“It does seem to me based on informal conversations, that were Speaker Johnson to do the right thing relative to meeting the significant national security needs of the American people by putting it on the floor for an up-or-down vote, there will be a reasonable number of people in the House Democratic caucus who will take the position that he should not fall as a result,” Jeffries said.

The $95 billion bill has already made it through the Senate and is expected to pass through the House by a wide margin if a vote is held. Jeffries said he believes the legislation would receive “north of 300 votes from both sides of the aisle” if brought to the floor.

Johnson and other congressional leaders met with President Biden at the White House on Tuesday to discuss the foreign military aid bill and a deal to avert a government shutdown, which will happen if a spending bill isn’t authorized by Congress before March 8. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said “good progress” was made in the meeting, but it’s unclear when a deal will be reached on either issue.

Johnson supports spending more on the proxy war in Ukraine and providing more aid to Israel to support the slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza but is still holding out for a deal on border issues. The military aid was initially part of a $118 billion bill that included border spending, but Johnson rejected it since the House wasn’t involved in the negotiations.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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