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Marjorie Taylor Greene Escalates Criticism Against Johnson

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene escalated her campaign against Speaker Mike Johnson with a letter criticizing his leadership and violations of self-imposed principles.

She filed a motion to remove him as speaker after he passed a spending bill opposed by most Republicans.

“There is little daylight between Nancy Pelosi’s omnibus in the 117th Congress and Mike Johnson’s omnibus in the 118th Congress, in spite of Americans giving Republicans the majority in order to stop the Democrats’ ‘America Last’ destructive agenda,” Greene wrote.

Greene argued Johnson broke rules by rushing the bill’s consideration and relying on Democrats instead of advancing the Republican agenda.

She asserted Johnson has not lived up to transparency, consensus-building, and empowering members as he promised.

Johnson “has unfortunately not lived up to a single one of his self-imposed tenets,” she wrote.

“Allowing us one day, rather than 72 hours, to review a 1000-plus page bill to which no amendments could be offered was not ‘ensuring total transparency, open processes, and regular order.’ Relying on majority Democrat support to pass a two-part omnibus was not ‘advancing a policy agenda supported by Conference consensus,'” she added.

“Working behind closed doors with Democrats to produce appropriations texts, NDAA text, and other legislative items was not ‘working to understand and emphasize each Member’s unique strengths,’ and it certainly was not ‘engaging Members’ to work together on consensus legislation. Expelling George Santos, who has not been convicted of any crime, and watching Members retire left and right was not ‘developing and growing our majority.’ Fully funding abortion, the trans agenda, the climate agenda, foreign wars, and Biden’s border crisis is not ‘ensuring liberty, opportunity, and security for all Americans.'”

Greene opposed the bill’s funding for issues like abortion and foreign wars.

As the House considers bills on FISA and foreign aid to Ukraine, Greene warned Johnson against prioritizing further funding, saying it could cost him the speakership.

“Even with our razor-thin Republican majority, we could have at least secured the border, with it being the number one issue in the country and being the issue that is causing Biden to lose in poll after poll,” she wrote.

She added, “Instead, Mike Johnson worked with Chuck Schumer rather than with us, and gave Joe Biden and the Democrats everything they wanted no different from how a Speaker Hakeem Jeffries would have done.”

She predicted replacing Johnson would not hand power to Democrats but expressed doubt Republicans have earned keeping the majority.

“No, electing a new Republican Speaker will not give the majority to the Democrats. That only happens if more Republicans retire early, or Republicans actually vote for Hakeem Jeffries. It’s not complicated, it’s simple math,” Greene said.

“As a matter of fact, if we win the House this fall, it will only be because President Trump is on the ballot, not because we have earned it,” Greene said.

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