published : 2023-10-28

House Speaker Considers Changing Rule to Remove Speaker

Some GOP Representatives Oppose the Idea

Speaker Mike Johnson during a press conference, taken with a Nikon D850

Newly-minted Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., hinted at the possibility of changing the House rule that governs the motion to vacate the speaker.

However, his Republican colleagues expressed resistance to this idea.

Indiana Republican Rep. Jim Banks stated that there is no reason to change the threshold for the motion to vacate.

He emphasized that the House Republican conference fully supports Speaker Johnson.

Georgia Republican Rep. Austin Scott, who previously ran for House speaker, hopes that the recent events serve as a lesson, making a rule change unnecessary.

Indiana Republican Rep. Jim Banks addressing the House, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Both lawmakers shared their thoughts after Johnson's first interview as House speaker with Sean Hannity.

During the interview, Johnson emphasized America's support for Israel and the need for unity on domestic matters.

Johnson also disclosed the House's plan to provide $14.5 billion in support to Israel, considering specific measures and budget offsets.

Regarding potential military involvement, Johnson expressed a desire to avoid direct intervention without Congressional approval.

He emphasized the importance of Congress's role in declaring war, as envisioned by the Founding Fathers.

Georgia Republican Rep. Austin Scott speaking at a political event, taken with a Sony Alpha a7 III

Johnson had previously met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, acknowledging the existential threats faced by Israel.

The article highlights the strong alliance between the United States and Israel, with Johnson affirming America's commitment to back up its ally.

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