Republicans Finally Pick a House Speaker- Mike Johnson ‘An Evangelical Christian’
The Republican Party has succeeded in selecting their candidate to take over as Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Republican representative for Louisiana, Mike Johnson, is being hailed as a hard conservative, and it is obvious that the vast majority of other Republicans are behind him.
After 22 days, many candidates, four formal nominations, and rounds of excruciating votes for the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, the moment of truth arrived on Wednesday afternoon.
Given that the margin by which Republicans control the House over Democrats is only 221-212, Johnson could afford to have just a few opponents in order to win the gavel. He triumphed with a score of 220 to 109, despite a few absences.
Rep. Christopher Smith, a Republican from New Jersey, referred to Johnson as “a man of deep faith and principle who knows how to get things done.”
Ahead of the vote, supporters of Johnson wrote on the social networking site X about what they consider to be beneficial aspects of Johnson’s past. One example given was the time he questioned the FBI Director Chris Wray on the censorship of conservatives on social media by big tech companies.
Johnson has, in the past, voiced his grave concerns over the southern border of the United States as well as other matters on which the majority of Republicans are in agreement.
It is the honor of a lifetime to have been elected the 56th Speaker of the House.
Thank you to my colleagues, friends, staff, and family for the unmatched support throughout this process.
It has been an arduous few weeks, and a reminder that the House is as complicated and…
— Rep. Mike Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) October 25, 2023
“Here in the House, Mike’s experience as Vice Chairman of the Republican Conference shows that he has what it takes to unite House Republicans so we can continue our work in passing individual, single-subject appropriations bills that rein in wasteful government spending and our work to secure the southern border,” said Representative Smith.
Johnson, a lower-ranked member of the House GOP leadership team, emerged as the fourth Republican nominee in what had become a cycle of political infighting since Kevin McCarthy’s dismissal. This cycle of political infighting had been going on since McCarthy was removed from his position.
On Wednesday, when Republican Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik stood up to introduce Johnson’s name as the party’s nominee, Republicans leaped to their feet and gave him a standing ovation that lasted for several minutes.
“House Republicans and Speaker Mike Johnson will never give up,” stated the congresswoman.
In the chaos that followed the presidential election in 2020, Democrats once again chose Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York to serve as their leader. They did so on the grounds that Johnson supported Trump’s legal challenge.
Johnson, who is genuinely devout and even-keeled, has few opponents and a key Republican backer in Donald Trump, despite the fact that he is not the party’s top choice for the gavel.
“I think he’s going to be a fantastic speaker,” Trump said on Wednesday at the New York courthouse where the former president is on trial for a lawsuit alleging business fraud. Trump is currently the front-runner for the Republican nomination for president in 2024. The trial is being held in connection with the lawsuit.
Trump stated that he had not come across “one negative comment” on him. Everyone has a good opinion of him.”
On Wednesday, Johnson gave his first address as speaker to the entire House of Representatives. In that speech, he said, “I want to tell all of my colleagues here what I told my fellow Republicans in that room last night.” In a situation such as this, I don’t think there could possibly be any coincidences.
Scripture, sometimes known as the Bible, seems to me to be quite straightforward. that God elevates those who are in positions of authority. Each one of you was elevated by his efforts. We are all of us. And I have faith that God has foreordained and made it possible for each and every one of us to be brought here at this particular instant in this particular era. This is how I see things.
“I believe that each one of us has a huge responsibility today to use the gifts that God has given us to serve the extraordinary people of this great country and they deserve it,” the newly appointed speaker stated. “And to ensure that our Republic remains standing as the great beacon of light and hope and freedom in a world that desperately needs it.”
The work cut out for Speaker Johnson is a substantial amount. If Congress does not enact financing legislation by the deadline of November 17, in order to keep services and offices functioning, the possibility of a shutdown of the federal government exists within a matter of weeks.
More immediately, President Biden has requested that Congress approve funding of $105 billion in aid, which would be used to assist Israel and Ukraine over the course of their respective battles, as well as to strengthen security along the border between the United States and Mexico. Without action from Congress, federal programmes pertaining to aviation and farming will also be allowed to expire.