July 20, 2024

Speaker Johnson: ‘No One Expects that Joe Biden Will Be on Cocaine’

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) said Tuesday on CNN’s “The Source” that people did not actually believe President Joe Biden would be on cocaine and any reference to it is in “jest.” Johnson said, “I don’t have no personal animus against Joe Biden. Of course, I respect the office and I’ve just acknowledged

Buck: Speaker Johnson Has ‘Backbone,’ He Is on the Right Side of History

Former Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) said Monday on CNN’s “OutFront” that Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) had “backbone” for advancing foreign aid funding in separate bills, which did not include border security funding as many in his caucus preferred. Buck said, “I think Mike Johnson’s on the right side of history. And I think that Republicans

Speaker Johnson: Believers Have a ‘Biblical Admonition to Stand with Israel’

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said Thursday on Newsmax TV’s “The Record” that his bill for foreign aid was necessary because there is a “Biblical admonition to stand with Israel.” Host Greta Van Susteren asked, “Can you guarantee the American people that money that goes to Gaza will actually go to humanitarian aid? Who is monitoring

Democrats Seize Control of House: For First Time in Recorded History, Speaker Mike Johnson Relies on Minority Party Votes to Advance Foreign Aid Plan

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) made history Thursday night just before midnight by essentially surrendering Republican majority control to Democrats. For the first time in recorded history — since the House began keeping records — the House Rules Committee relied on minority party votes to overcome objections from the majority and advance a rule bill

Lawler: ‘Gaetz and Seven Useful Idiots’ Weakened Speaker Johnson’s Hand

Representative Mike Lawler (R-NY) said Thursday on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” that House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) had a weakened hand in legislation negotiations because Republicans ousted former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Host Anderson Cooper asked, “Do you believe this foreign aid bill will pass in the next few days? And if so, do

Battle of the Mikes: Sen. Lee Calls Out Speaker Johnson

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) called out House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) on Monday night after it was revealed that House Republicans were planning to attempt to pass four bills, including one that would send more aid to Ukraine, under the guise of one. Johnson revealed during a closed House Republican Conference meeting that he had

House Speaker Mike Johnson Will Push Aid for Israel, Ukraine this Week

AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said he will be pushing aid for Israel and Ukraine this week as part of a national security package he has been working on for several months. “The Republican speaker has sat for two months on a $95 billion supplemental package that would send support to the U.S.

Speaker tells Council to ignore City Hall’s ‘inefficient’ new meeting policy

Overruled again! City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams bluntly told lawmakers to ignore the Adams administration’s attempt to change how they communicate with city agencies — in the latest spate between the two branches of city government. Speaker Adams, no relation to the mayor, informed the City Council Wednesday afternoon that City Hall provided “no official communication” […]

SPEAKER JOHNSON: Border is ‘Disaster of President’s Own Design’

EAGLE PASS, Texas — U.S. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, accompanied by a group of 64 other Republican legislators, visited the small Texas border city of Eagle Pass to receive a security briefing on the latest surge that saw more than 70,000 migrants cross the Rio Grande into the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector

Speaker Mike Johnson signals House won’t take up Senate’s Ukraine-Israel-Taiwan aid bill 

Robert Harvey holds a mixed flag of Ukraine and America outside the US Capitol on Feb. 12, 2024 in Washington, DC. Getty Images House Speaker Mike Johnson warned Monday that he might not bring the massive foreign aid bill being considered in the Senate up for a vote because it fails to address border security, […]

GOP pushes Speaker Johnson to start picking sides in its endless battles

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) is seen during a ceremonial swearing-in for a new House member at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 28, 2src23. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Kevin McCarthy’s biggest antagonists gave Mike Johnson a honeymoon. But that’s over now, they say, and it’s time for the new speaker to start making some tough decisions.

Not an accidental speaker: How Mike Johnson positioned himself for the gavel

Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) gestures during voting for the new House speaker, at the U.S. Capitol, on Oct. 25, 2src23. | Alex Brandon/AP Much of the media has regarded Mike Johnson’s two-day-old speakership as something of an accident of history. But the record shows Johnson’s ascent was no accident. It was the culmination of a

‘Pure anger’: McHenry vents after acting speaker run

Rep. Patrick McHenry said he’s turning back to his work as chair of the House Financial Services Committee. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Rep. Patrick McHenry, fresh off a brutal three-week stint as caretaker speaker, revealed Thursday how exasperating the episode was and sounded less than confident about the House GOP’s ability to maintain its newfound unity:

Exclusive – Speaker Johnson Grants Clemency and Amnesty to the 25 Intransigents who Blocked Jordan on House Floor

Newly minted House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is granting clemency and amnesty to the 25 intransigent House Republicans who violated the formal will of the House GOP conference when they took to the House floor to block a Speakership bid from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) earlier this year. Johnson formally declined

‘Watch your back’: Speaker Johnson squares off with Schumer

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson talks with reporters ahead of the debate and vote on supplemental aid to Israel, at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2src23. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP When Chuck Schumer and Mike Johnson talked one-on-one for the first time recently, the Senate majority leader urged the new speaker

House GOP calls for changing rules to boot a speaker — and some who ousted McCarthy may help

Kevin McCarthy cut deals with his opponents in order to get the speaker’s gavel after a grueling 15 ballots in January. | Francis Chung/POLITICO House Republicans who want to prevent a handful of their members from evicting another speaker could get help from a surprising group: the eight of them who helped dethrone Kevin McCarthy.

Mace: ‘I Am Going to Be Supporting Jim Jordan for Speaker’

Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC) said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that she intends to support Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for Speaker following her vote last week to remove former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from the position. Mace said, “I will tell you today, I am going to be supporting Jim Jordan for speaker for

Kevin McCarthy open to Being Consensus Speaker in Event of Deadlock

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) signaled Monday that he is open to being a consensus Speaker candidate if House Republicans cannot decide who will lead the legislative body. McCarthy spoke to radio host Hugh Hewitt on if he would serve as the leader of the House in the event that Republicans cannot coalesce around

Speaker Mike Johnson at ‘March for Israel’ Rally: Calls for Ceasefire are ‘Outrageous’

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) addressed the “March for Israel” rally at the National Mall in Washington, DC, on Tuesday in which he voiced opposition to calls for a ceasefire between the Israel Defense Force  (IDF) and Hamas terrorists. “The calls for a ceasefire are outrageous,” Johnson said in his remarks, prompting cheers and chants

Rep. Mike Johnson Wins Republican Speaker Nomination

Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) is the latest Republican Speaker nominee, winning only hours after Rep. Mike Emmer (R-MN) won the nomination and later withdrew in the face of deepening opposition. Johnson, the vice chair of the Republican conference, entered the race for the first time Saturday, ultimately finishing second to Emmer in Tuesday’s first round

Trump backs Johnson for House speaker, urges Republicans to vote for him and ‘get it done fast!’

Former President Trump backed House Republican nominee Rep. Mike Johnson for speaker of the House, urging GOP lawmakers to vote for him during the floor vote Wednesday and to “get it done fast!” Before entering a Manhattan courtroom Wednesday morning for another day of proceedings as part of the civil trial stemming from New York […]

Dispute over Israel, Ukraine Aid Puts Speaker Johnson at Odds with Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell

Win McNamee/Getty Images Speaker Mike Johnson’s (R-LA) decision to split Israel and Ukraine aid puts him at odds with President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The House will return to session on Wednesday, when the chamber will take on a slate of issues, including potential

Bill Maher compares Speaker Mike Johnson to Maine shooter: Their differences are ‘thinner than you’d think’

“Real Time” host Bill Maher compared newly-elected House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., to the Maine mass shooter responsible for murdering 18 people and injuring 13 others.  During Friday night’s show, Maher repeatedly railed against Johnson’s devout Christian faith as a red flag but went even further by suggesting the Republican leader is mentally ill.  “When […]

Democrats Melt Down After GOP Conference Unanimously Elects Mike Johnson Speaker

Democrats had an utter meltdown after House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) was unanimously elected by the Republican majority to lead the House of Representatives, the first Republican to be unanimously elected by his conference since 2src11.  According to an emailed statement posted to X by Punch Bowl News founder Jake Sherman, President Joe Biden’s 2src24

6 things to know about the men (yes, they’re all men) who want to be speaker

The U.S. Capitol building is seen in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23, 2src23. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Eight House Republicans are on the ballot Tuesday as contenders for House speaker — and while few of them have a whisper of a chance to get the near-unanimous GOP support they’ll need to win, their identities offer an

How a previously obscure House rule could decide the next speaker

A growing number of Republicans are demanding major reforms to prevent a rerun of the historic ouster of Rep. Kevin McCarthy. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Anyone who hopes to become the next speaker must first attempt to settle a raging debate inside the GOP conference: Should one House member maintain the power to pull another Matt

House GOP splits as party braces for key meeting in speaker race

Kevin McCarthy gave a roughly 3src-minute press conference at the Capitol on Monday, where he stressed the inability of the House to take legislative action. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Kevin McCarthy says he’s open to being speaker again. But his path is even more obstructed than before. While the crisis in Israel has undoubtedly injected urgency

‘Game on’: Jordan racing to secure votes as speaker vote looms

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan is voicing confidence that he’ll be able to avoid becoming the latest Republican to be rejected by an increasingly divided conference. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Rep. Jim Jordan is racing to shore up his speaker bid, as his supporters urge him to take the fight to the House floor early next week

House Republicans push unity ‘pledge’ to guarantee a speaker

Rep. Mike Flood (R-Neb.) has spearheaded a two-paragraph pledge to vote “yea” on the floor for whoever wins the House Republican conference’s backing in the initial secret-ballot election scheduled for Tuesday. | Francis Chung/POLITIcO A majority of the House Republicans vying for the speakership signed a pledge Saturday aimed at saving the GOP’s next pick

California Dem calls McCarthy ‘a spectator speaker’

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said the problem is that Speaker Kevin McCarthy is “only worried about his own job and keeping it” rather than those of Americans who would be impacted by the government shutdown. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Kevin McCarthy may have the title of House speaker but there are other Republicans holding the reins