Democrat Offers To Save Speaker Johnson Under Two Conditions

Office of Speaker Mike Johnson, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Sunday, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) argued that he would consider voting to help Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) avoid the motion to vacate that was brought forward against him by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, so long as the House manages to secure additional funding for Ukraine. He added that they would also need to allocate funds that would be used to repair the Francis Scott Key Bridge which collapsed in Baltimore. 

“Fox News Sunday” anchor Shannon Bream had asked Khanna whether he would be willing to join with other Democrats in order to save Johnson from being ousted. Khanna responded that he would only be willing to do so under two conditions. The first is that they provide aid to Ukraine and the second is that $600 million is given to rebuild the bridge that collapsed. He then pointed out that he had read that the bridge would take three or four years to be rebuilt, but as he argued it was something that China would be able to do in months. He then pushed for the permits, steel, and funding for the bridge to be acquired. 

Johnson previously promised that when Congress returns in mid-April he is going to be focusing on aid being provided to Ukraine. This is not the first time that the Democrats have stated the possibility of Ukraine aid being the condition for the party to oppose Johnson being ousted. However, last week some lawmakers argued that along with the foreign aid package they would need to attach funding for the bridge following last week’s collapse.

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