Mike Johnson Elected Speaker of the House Amid Controversy

 On October 25th, Republicans elected Louisiana Representative Mike Johnson as the new Speaker of the House. Johnson, who played a significant role in the efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election, received 220 votes, with unanimous support from present Republicans. Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from New York, received 209 votes, with three members of his caucus absent.

Mike Johnson Elected Speaker of the House Amid Controversy

After his election, Johnson announced that the first bill he plans to bring forward will be in support of Israel, which he described as "long overdue." He also emphasized the need to control federal spending and enhance security along the southern border, citing the current state of crisis in the country and the necessity for strong leadership in the House.

Johnson expressed his commitment to "decentralize" the power of the House and emphasized that his office would prioritize trust, transparency, and accountability. He underlined the importance of making it clear to allies worldwide that the legislative body is returning to its responsibilities. He also stated that it's essential for those opposing freedom to recognize that the people's house is back in action.

To secure the position, Johnson needed at least 217 votes, bringing an end to a three-week vacancy in the role. The House convened at noon EDT, and Representative Elise Stefanik from New York nominated Johnson as Speaker, making him the fourth choice for the position among Republicans since it became vacant.

Unsurprisingly, Democrats opposed Johnson's selection, citing his previous stance against certifying the 2020 presidential election results. He played a significant role in House Republicans' attempts to challenge the outcome of the election, with former Senator Liz Cheney referring to him as "the most important architect of the Electoral College objections."

Johnson led a group of over 100 Republican lawmakers in supporting a Texas lawsuit that sought to challenge the election results in states won by Joe Biden. Their brief expressed concerns about "unconstitutional irregularities" in the voting process.

In addition to being elected Speaker, Johnson serves as the vice chairman of the House Republican conference. Former President Donald Trump supported his selection as Speaker-designate, although he stopped short of an official endorsement, urging Republicans to move swiftly.

The previous candidate for Speaker-designate, Mike Emmer, withdrew his nomination after it became clear that he would not secure the necessary 217 votes. Johnson's election followed the selection and withdrawal of other candidates, including Representative Steve Scalise and Representative Jim Jordan.

After the vote, Jeffries handed the gavel to Johnson and delivered a speech expressing his support for promptly passing a bipartisan funding and humanitarian relief package for Israel, Ukraine, Palestinian civilians, and other U.S. allies. He expected the Senate to send the package to the House within the next week and emphasized the importance of focusing on the business of the American people.
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