The House of Representatives, which is currently being led by the Republican Party, has finally chosen someone to fill the position of Speaker, which brings an end to the several weeks long standoff which saw three different individuals become nominees for the position after Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz managed to push out California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy from the seat.
Man, this was a painful experience, wasn’t it? Whew. Well, at least someone is finally in the critical leadership position and folks can get back to the all-important work of preserving liberty for the American people. Which basically means opposing President Joe Biden’s radical leftist agenda.
The question on everyone’s mind, however, is whether or not Rep. Mike Johnson, a Louisiana Republican, is the right man for the job. Will he be the kind of person who will stick to his principles and values or compromise in the name of politics?
“In the first House floor ballot on Wednesday, Johnson defeated Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the nominee for the Democrats. The final tally was 220-209. A simple majority was needed for victory,” the Daily Wire reported.
The report added, “Johnson managed to largely unite the GOP conference, which has a narrow majority in the House, in a way that the three prior nominees — House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH), and House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) — failed to do this month. Johnson, the vice chairman of the House Republican Conference, won the GOP nomination on Tuesday night in the hours after Emmer dropped out.”
“A man of deep faith, Mike epitomizes what it means to be a servant leader. A deeply respected constitutional lawyer, Mike has dedicated his life to preserving America’s great principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik, a Republican from the state of New York, stated in her speech nominating Johnson on Wednesday.
Today is the day that House Republicans will humbly look in our hearts and elect @RepMikeJohnson as Speaker of the People's House.
A man of deep faith, Mike epitomizes what it means to be a servant leader. A deeply respected Constitutional lawyer, Mike has dedicated his life… pic.twitter.com/JJJBGf4dRS
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) October 25, 2023
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Johnson crafted a letter to his colleagues before the vote took place where he made a proposal for a stop-gap measure to stay in effect through either Jan. 15 or April 15 of next year to help prevent a government shutdown next month, which will also “ensure the Senate cannot jam the House with a Christmas omnibus.”
Here’s more from the Daily Wire:
He additionally called for quickly passing a resolution to condemn Hamas after its terrorist attacks on Israel. Looking ahead to the 2024 appropriations process, Johnson included a provision for August that says, “DO NOT break for district work period unless all 12 appropriations bills have passed the House.” Another listed aim of Johnson’s was to expand the GOP majority with the 2024 elections.
NEW — MIKE JOHNSON, who is likely to win the speakership today, says he will pass the Energy and Water approps bill THIS WEEK pic.twitter.com/VqxCRS7UnE
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) October 25, 2023
Johnson, 51, is described as being a “dedicated husband and father of four and an attorney who has devoted his life and career to fighting for the fundamental freedoms and traditional values that have always been a priority to the people of Louisiana,” according to information included in his congressional biography.
Before becoming a public servant, Johnson was a constitutional attorney, which is a pretty good set of skills and knowledge to possess when you are serving the American people in the federal government, particularly the legislative branch. Not enough people, Democrat and Republican, know the Constitution and adhere to its laws and principles. Requiring an extensive refresher course on Constitutional law for anyone running for public office would be a good way to weed out the ignorant and incompetent.
He also worked as a conservative talk show host and a college professor.
As a member of the U.S. Congress, Johnson voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Actand a healthcare bill that sought to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. He also questioned the results of the 2020 election and introduced a border security billas well as legislation to make it a crime to transport a minor across state lines to get an abortion without “satisfying parental involvement law.'”
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 25, 2023
Democrats were not impressed with Johnson as the GOP nominee. A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman said in a statement that electing Johnson as speaker would represent how the GOP conference “has completely given in to the most extreme fringes of their party.”
As far as I’m concerned, that’s a rather glowing recommendation, wouldn’t you agree?