Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) warned House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) that his tenure as speaker could be in jeopardy if he agrees to a proposed debt ceiling bill intended to prevent a government shutdown. The comments also came amid reports that some Democrats were willing to support Johnson if he was challenged by members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
Greene made the comments during an interview with former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. The Georgia representative said that she would move to remove Johnson from the position if he did not change his position on the spending bill. Greene said that she told the speaker in person that “in no way, shape and form will I support” any such continuing resolution.
The representative called the budget “Nancy Pelosi’s budget” which also spent $60 billion in Ukraine aid. She further called the deal “absolutely unacceptable.”
“And we actually have the power of the purse,” Greene said. “We’re the ones that are in control and we need to control the negotiations. I reiterated those same points this morning.”
“So the ball is in his court,” she said.
Greene’s warning also came just months after former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was ousted from the position for supporting a similar spending bill. Eight members of the House Freedom Caucus voted with Democrats to vacate the chair and call for new elections for speaker. McCarthy later resigned his seat in Congress.
Despite her disagreement with Johnson over the prospective debt deal, Greene also supported his stance on a potential immigration bill.
On social media, she responded to Johnson’s declaration of “absolutely not” regarding a projected bipartisan Senate immigration bill. The bill would have increased legal immigration to the country and allowed for 5,000 migrants per day to enter the country.
She said that a separate House Bill was the “only solution to stop the border crisis, stop amnesty for millions of illegals and stopping” Democrats’ plans to “turn millions of illegals into the next wave of voters!”
HR2 is the only solution to stop the border crisis, stop amnesty for millions of illegals, and stopping the Democrat’s plan to turn millions of illegals into the next wave of voters!
And no money for Ukraine!
End that war!! https://t.co/55fzMjFI67
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) January 13, 2024