Mike Johnson ‘committed’ to bringing Ukraine aid to floor, Republicans say it could lead to his ousting

Apr 1, 2024 | Political News

On Sunday, a Republican congressman claimed that House Speaker Mike Johnson is “committed” to bringing additional funding for Ukraine to the floor when the House reconvenes in Washington D.C., per the New York Post.

The decision would likely cause a ruckus within the House GOP and could potentially cost Johnson his Speakership, he said.

Rep. Don Bacon (R-Nebraska) made the assertation during an appearance on NBC's “Meet the Press” while speaking about providing further aid to Ukraine in its war against Russia.

“[Johnson's] committed to making this the top priority when we return back to Washington, D.C.,” said Bacon.

However, the congressman acknowledged that it would likely lead to Johnson's ousting due to the Republican's razor-thin majority in the House, as well as the potential for members to invoke to Jeffersonian motion to vacate the chair. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has already indicated that she would do this.

“We have some people that if they don't get 100 percent, want to bring the House down, and it makes us dysfunctional,” said Bacon, who supports additional Ukraine aid.

“It is very likely that after this Ukraine bill, we may have a standoff with the speaker,” he added, saying that “it's possible” Johnson could be voted out as Speaker.

Furthermore, Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY) confirmed Bacon's claims during a Sunday appearance on CNN's “State of the Union” and said that he is confident the House will vote on a supplemental package for Ukraine.

“I have spoken to [Johnson] directly. I'm not going to delve into the details of that conversation. But I am confident that he is going to bring a bill to the floor,” said Lawler.

Last week, Johnson affirmed his support for Ukraine and its efforts to fight back against Russia during a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Additionally, the speaker had previously alluded to his intention of addressing Ukraine funding before the conclusion of the appropriations process for fiscal year 2024.

This despite the fact that former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was ousted as speaker over his plans to make a deal for more funding for Ukraine.