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Speaker Johnson moves on foreign aid, possibly triggering vote to oust him

House Speaker Mike Johnson is plowing ahead on a foreign aid plan that has roiled his conference and prompted two Republicans to push an effort to oust him from the chamber's top job.

But instead of the complex four-part plan he floated this week, Johnson now intends to try to pass five bills - one each for aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Indo-Pacific allies, as well as a GOP wish list of foreign policy priorities and a fifth stand-alone bill to address widespread Republican demands to strengthen the southern U.S. border. GOP leadership announced that the House would stay in session until Saturday to consider the bills.

The new approach is risky and could blow up on the speaker, whose six-month-old hold on the gavel is being threatened by a promise by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) to invoke a "motion to vacate" to topple Johnson (R-La.) if he puts Ukraine aid on the floor, something to which many hard-right Republicans object.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/04/17/house-speaker-mike-johnson-ukraine-israel-motion-to-vacate/

 

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