Greene Renews Challenge Against Johnson

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) launched a new round of criticism at House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) this week, charging that he is furthering the policy proposals of Democrats. The newest challenge came just weeks after the Georgia Republican filed a motion to vacate against the House Speaker.

Greene wrote in a new letter that Johnson had “unfortunately not lived up to a single one of his self-imposed tenets.”

The representative said that the “Republican Speaker should not be executing” the agenda of the Democratic Party. Included in her letter she criticized Johnson only allowing “one day” to read a “1000-plus page bill in which no amendments could be offered.”

She also criticized relying on the Democratic members of the House to pass a significant spending package last month.

She criticized the expelling of former Rep. George Santos (R-NY), who she said “has not been convicted of any crime.” She also cited the declining House GOP majority amid a series of retirements.

Greene told former Fox News host Tucker Carlson last week that Johnson “completely changed who he was, funded the FBI, gave them a brand new building, fully funded the DOJ that is persecuting everyone on the right and actually targeting a presidential candidate for election this year. Literally trying to put him in jail for the rest of his life.”

“We don’t know who Mike Johnson is anymore,” she said.

Last month the Georgia Republican issued what she called a “warning” to Johnson in the form of a motion to vacate against the speaker following the passage of a $1.2 trillion spending package.

She said that there was “no time limit” on the measure, but warned against the spending in the bill intended to prevent a government shutdown.

With rules put into place last year, a single member of the House can file a motion to vacate. This measure was a concession in the negotiations toward the installation of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy last year and was used to oust him in late 2023.