The Republican Party needs to unite if they have any hopes of winning in 2024. But it looks like that’s the last thing on their minds.
Because a top Republican went on CNN and betrayed House Speaker Mike Johnson.
America can’t stand another four years of a Biden presidency.
We need to put aside our differences and put forth someone who is actually competent to fill the office.
But Republicans are more concerned with infighting these days.
During an interview on Monday, House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) would not rule out the prospect of ousting Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA).
When CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins pressed Roy on whether he would consider backing a resolution to remove Johnson, as previous Speaker Kevin McCarthy endured, Roy answered, “Again, that’s not the road I prefer.”
Johnson has served as speaker for 76 days, much of which the House has been out of session for a holiday hiatus, since being chosen in October following McCarthy’s historic removal after only nine months on the job.
Roy was reacting to a top-line spending framework negotiated to both Johnson and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Monday, in which the speaker committed to the $1.59 trillion figure in last year’s Fiscal Responsibility Act.
Defense spending would be allocated $886 billion, while non-defense spending would be allocated $704 billion.
“We’re spending more money we don’t have,” Roy said.
“It’s just more of the same, and, you know, I wish Speaker Johnson [wasn’t] doing this. I’m very disappointed, and hopefully, we can try to figure out what we can do to change it in the next few days.”
When asked if he held Johnson accountable, the Texas Republican replied, “Well, I mean, his office is doing the negotiating, so that’s the deal.”
In reference to a possible motion to vacate the new speaker, Roy said, “You know, we’ve gone down that road. I didn’t prefer to go down that road with Speaker McCarthy.”
“We need to figure out how to get this all done together. But it isn’t good, and there’s a lot of my colleagues who are pretty frustrated about it,” he made clear.
He left the option open, adding, “We’ll see what happens this week.”
In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Roy expressed similar worries, indicating that there should be “real sober conversations about the state of the House GOP.”
“Let’s just say there’s a lot of conversations underway right now about our complete lack of confidence and where the Republican leadership is,” he said.
According to last year’s laddered continuing resolution, the first funding cutoff is Jan. 19.
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