Firebrand Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has launched a bid to oust Speaker Mike Johnson by filing a motion to vacate in fury over the $1.2 trillion spending bill.

Conservatives in the House GOP were fighting mad that Johnson released the package to keep the government funded in the middle of the night and gave them one day to read on it before a vote. 

With the House GOP’s razor-thin majority, only two Republicans would need to support a motion to vacate for it to pass if all Democrats voted for it, like they did last time. 

But some have signaled they might vote to save Johnson, particularly if he agrees to put Ukraine aid on the floor. Newly sworn in Rep. Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y., told reporters he would vote to back Johnson.

It’s not clear which, if any, Republicans would join Greene’s  bid to oust Johnson. 

Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., who opposed the spending bill and voted to oust Speaker McCarthy, told DailyMail.com he won’t be voting for a motion to vacate Johnson. 

‘That’s just gonna hand the gavel over to Hakeem Jeffries if we do that,’ he said. 

Rep. Ralph Norman, a right-wing Freedom Caucus member from South Carolina, said ‘we’ll see’ when asked if he’d support it.

The 1,000 page spending deal was the result of long negotiations between Republican Speaker Mike Johnson, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and White House officials.

Hardliners slammed the bill for having $2 billion in earmarks – funding for lawmaker’s pet projects in their home districts – saying they are fiscally irresponsible. 

Marjorie Taylor Greene has launched a bid to remove Speaker Mike Johnson from office  

After filing the motion on the floor, Greene told reporters that the action serves a warning to Speaker Johnson – and a vote on it will not come up immediately. 

‘I do not wish to inflict pain on our conference and to throw the House in chaos,’ she said.

‘But this is basically a warning and it’s time for us to go through the process, take our time and find a new speaker of the House that will stand with Republicans and our Republican majority instead of standing with the Democrats.’

‘Johnson has betrayed that by passing three CRs and then forcing us to pass or to vote on a two-part omnibus, the second one being today,’ Greene added.

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz launched a motion that ousted Speaker Kevin McCarthy in October over his decision to put a CR, or continuing resolution, on the House floor. 

The CR continued government funding at 2023 levels set under Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the short-term to buy more time to hash out 2024 funding. 

Four continuing resolutions later, the government is now funded until the end of this fiscal year – September 30. 

Greene told reporters that the motion to vacate is a 'warning'

Greene told reporters that the motion to vacate is a ‘warning’

‘This bill was basically a dream and a wish list for Democrats and for the White House,’ Greene added of the spending deal that combined funding for six government agencies. 

The final vote on the massive spending bill was 286 – 134. Notably, more Democrats voted for the deal than Republicans. The majority of Republicans – 112 in total – voted against the Speaker Johnson-backed measure.

The trillion dollar deal – the details of which were only revealed on Thursday – will provide money for the Departments of Defense, Financial Services, Homeland Security, Labor-HHS-Education, State-Foreign Operations and the Legislative Branch. 

Ultra-conservatives were fired up about the pricetag of the bill and its $2 billion of earmarks, funding for Ukraine and a new FBI headquarters, and a lack of new border restrictions. 

Progressives shunned the bill over its ban on funding to a UN Palestinian relief agency known as UNRWA and money for Israeli defense – 22 of them voted against it. 

The 1,000+ page bill was released at 3 a.m. on Thursday and some conservatives were angry they would not have the standard three days agreed to in the 72 hour rule. 

They’re also mad about the process – the bill was essentially written behind closed doors by leadership and senior appropriators in both parties. 

House GOP leadership touted conservative wins like a three percent increase in defense spending, retaining the Hyde amendment and a ban on gas stove restrictions. 

But rank-and-file conservatives have called out other provisions like the bill’s $200 million for a new FBI headquarters and $300 million that goes toward the Ukrainian Assistance Initiative.

The package ramps up investment at the border amid the historic migrant crisis and includes a list of conservative cultural victories.

There is a provision stating only American flags can be flown above embassies – in a victory Speaker Mike Johnson touted would ban Pride flags from being flown at U.S. embassies around the world.   

It also prevents the Consumer Product Safety Commission from banning gas stoves and maintains the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding to be used for abortions. 

For the border, there is $19.6 billion for Customs and Border Protection, a $3.2 billion increase above fiscal year 2023. 

There is also $495 million for additional Border Patrol agents, which the Biden administration has called for, but no funds for the wall. The money will be used to pay 22,000 border agents. 

Immigrant detention beds would be boosted from 34,000 to 42,000 at migrant facilities across the country and funding for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will be cut by 20 percent. 

Some Republicans voted against the bill because it gives more money to the border without requiring any change in border policy. 

Even Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., typically a pragmatic member, voted against the bill over border funding. 

‘I will be voting NO on today’s appropriations package. I have a real problem with giving the Biden Administration more money without changes to his border policy,’ she said.  

But conservative hardliners even complained about the funding for more detention beds – a Republican request – and the eight percent increase for the Department of Homeland Security’s executive office. 

‘Feb 2024, Republicans: “Let’s impeach Mayorkas!” March 2024, Republicans: “Let’s give Mayorkas’ office an 8% pay increase!”‘ Rep. Andy Ogles, R-Tenn., wrote on X. 

‘What’s the point of 41,500 ICE detention beds if they’re just going to sit empty? What’s the guarantee we’re not just paying for more empty beds?’ Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., wrote on X. 

Foreign aid generally will be cut by six percent.  

For the military, there is a 5.2 percent pay increase for service members.

Funding for most defense agencies would remain at current spending levels. 

Cash to a United Nations agency that gives relief to Palestinian refugees, known as UNRWA, has been cut. It also slashes funding to a UN agency that investigates Israel’s alleged war crimes. 

Israel accused 12 of UNRWA’s 30,000 employees of taking part in the October 7 attack. They accused another 190 employees of being Hamas or Islamic Jihad operatives.

Some $20 billion will be cut from the IRS and another $6 billion in funds for Covid relief will be clawed back. 

In the defense appropriations portion of the bill there is $500 million for Israel’s defense programs, funding the Iron Dome, David’s Sling and Arrow. 

The defense bill also bans any funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology and EcoHealth Alliance, believed to be Covid-19’s place of origin.

Another $3.3 billion will go to Israel under the State-Foreign Operations section of the bill, with new conditions on any assistance to Gaza and stipulations to prevent the money from being used to move the Israeli embassy out of Jerusalem or to implement an Iran nuclear deal. 

Democrats have celebrated a list of investments in the package including a $1 billion jump in childcare, boosts for cancer and Alzheimer’s research and the addition of 12,000 Special Immigrant Visas for Afghan refugees who fled the Taliban during the U.S. withdrawal. 

They also touted a one-year extension of international HIV/AIDS prevention efforts under a program known as PEPFAR. 

Members of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus launched aggressive attacks against Johnson in a news conference on Friday. 

‘It’s clear that the democrats own the speakers gavel,’ Ogles said.

Freedom Caucus Chair Bob Good threatened to try to thwart reelection campaigns for Republicans who vote for the bill. 

‘If they do vote for [the bill],’ Good, R-Va., said, ‘[We will] make it as uncomfortable and as painful as possible for them to expose them to their constituents back home, on who’s working for them and who’s working for the people here in Washington.’ 


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