Friday, October 27, 2023 by Belle Carter
The Republican-led House of Representatives elected Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana as the 56th speaker of the House on Oct. 25, ending more than three weeks of dysfunction and chaos at the Capitol Hill.
After almost a month of disarray, the GOP demonstrated remarkable unity as all 220 Republicans cast their vote for Johnson, while all 209 Democrats voted for Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York.
Johnson is a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump and a key congressional figure in the failed efforts to overturn the 2020 election. He is now tasked to rule over the bitterly divided House Republican majority and face the looming threat of a government shutdown next month.
Other issues that need his immediate attention include government funding that is set to expire on Nov. 17. The legislature also needed a decision on whether to send further aid to Ukraine as it fights a war against Russian aggression as well as humanitarian aid to Israel in its war against Hamas.
A few hours after he assumed office, the House passed a resolution in support of Israel with overwhelming bipartisan support by a vote of 412 to 10. (Related: Government once again at risk of shutdown following Republican infighting over who will be the next House speaker.)
“We want our allies around the world to know that this body of lawmakers is reporting again to our duty stations,” the 51-year-old congressman said to the House chamber after the gavel had been handed to him. “Let the enemies of freedom around the world hear us loud and clear – the People’s House is back in business.”
He also vowed to pursue an aggressive schedule to move on from the chaos that had paralyzed the House and distracted from the GOP agenda.
“You’re going to see an aggressive schedule in the days and weeks ahead. You’re gonna see Congress working as hard as it’s ever worked and we are going to deliver for the American people,” he said. “We’ve gone through a little bit of suffering. We’ve gone through a little bit of character building, and you know what has produced more strength, more perseverance and a lot of hope, and that’s what we’re about to deliver to the American people.”
The Trump ally, who is now second in line to the presidency, is arguably the most ideologically conservative person to serve as speaker since Newt Gingrich in the 1990s, CNN Politics reported.
GOP Majority Whip Tom Emmer of Minnesota initially won the House Republican Conference nomination for speaker after five rounds of voting by secret ballot. Apart from Johnson, Emmer faced off against five other Republicans at the start of voting, including Byron Donalds of Florida, Kevin Hern of Oklahoma, Austin Scott of Georgia, Jack Bergman of Michigan and Pete Sessions of Texas.
But Johnson secured the nomination for the speakership on the evening of Oct. 24 in a vote that capped off a chaotic day. Emmer dropped out hours later after facing stiff resistance from the right flank of the conference and a rebuke from Trump. In a post on Truth Social, Trump called Emmer a “globalist RINO,” and said that voting for him “would be a tragic mistake.”
Emmer was the third Republican to win the GOP nomination only to then exit the race after failing to lock up the necessary votes to win the gavel, following Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Steve Scalise of Louisiana. He is best known for his anti-Trump positions, as well as his refusal to assist MAGA candidates during the 2022 mid-term elections when he controlled the purse strings at the powerful National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
Prior to serving in Congress, Emmer worked as a spokesman for the National Popular Vote initiative, which was funded by George Soros and backed by former President Barack Obama to essentially end the Electoral College and elect the president via a nationwide popular vote.
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Watch the video below where political activist Trevor Loudon talks about why Emmer should have not been allowed anywhere near the Speaker’s chair.
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