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Crusader for Environment, Against Vietnam War Left GOP

Pete McCloskey co-created Earth Day, Endangered Species Act

(Newser) - Pete McCloskey—a pro-environment, anti-war California Republican who co-wrote the Endangered Species Act and co-founded Earth Day—has died. He was 96. A fourth-generation Republican who said he was "in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt," McCloskey represented the 12th Congressional District for 15 years, running for president against...

Greene Loses Big in Attempt to Remove Johnson

Speaker hopes 'this is the end of the personality politics'

(Newser) - Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's attempt to oust Speaker Mike Johnson was met with boos, laughter, and 359 votes against in the House on Wednesday, quelling the Georgia Republican's long-threatened revolt. Greene's measure won the support of only 10 other Republicans and 32 Democrats, 163 of whom backed...

What Greene Risks Losing in Speaker Fight

She's pressing her demands to avoid a vote she promised only last week

(Newser) - House Speaker Mike Johnson is not negotiating with the enemy, or so he told reporters after a two-hour meeting with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Monday. Greene promised to call a vote on her motion to vacate the speakership this week, though she hasn't done so yet and some...

Marjorie Taylor Greene: I'll Force Johnson Vote Next Week

'I can't wait to see Democrats go out and support a Republican speaker,' she quipped

(Newser) - GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Wednesday indicated she absolutely plans to follow through on her threat to try to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson. In a press conference outside the Capitol, Greene put it plainly: "Next week, I am going to be calling this motion to vacate, absolutely...

Greene to Johnson: Resign or Be Ousted

But Democrats and some fellow Republicans are coming to his defense

(Newser) - Democrats joined Republicans on Sunday in defending House Speaker Mike Johnson in the face of a threat to remove him from his post, the day after he won approval of foreign aid to Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan. The effort is led by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who told Fox News...

Dem Puts GOP's Dawdling Over Foreign Aid on Blast

Rep. Rosa DeLauro accuses lawmakers of 'diddling around' while 'people are dying' in fiery speech

(Newser) - "Let's not sugarcoat what is going on here," the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee said Thursday before launching into a fiery speech in regards to the ongoing foreign aid debate, blasting Republicans for following the whims of former President Trump, whom she blamed in part...

As House Bickers, a 'Tubby' Insult Arises

Republicans clash on floor over speaker

(Newser) - One of Speaker Mike Johnson's seconds and one of his opponents tossed insults Thursday in the course of a confrontation on the House floor over the speaker's performance. Three Republicans gathered around Johnson to give him an earful about his plan to put aid to Israel, Ukraine, and...

Rule Change Could Save Johnson's Speakership

GOP leaders might make it harder to oust him with tweak to foreign aid bill: Punchbowl News

(Newser) - The same foreign aid package that has put Mike Johnson's House speakership in peril might end up saving him. Punchbowl News reports that GOP leaders are considering adding language to the legislation that would make it harder to oust him or any speaker. Under the current rules, a single...

Another Republican Backs Effort to Oust Speaker

Mike Johnson's hold on the gavel is tenuous after Rep. Thomas Massie's comments

(Newser) - Marjorie Taylor Greene is no longer the only Republican ready to remove Mike Johnson as House speaker. Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky said Tuesday he was on board, reports Politico . In fact, Massie asked Johnson to resign in a closed-door GOP session, and Johnson refused, per the Hill . Last month,...

Johnson's 'Gigantic Gamble': 4 Different Votes This Week

Speaker plans separate bills on Ukraine and Israel, all while trying to keep his job

(Newser) - It's a sign of how complicated the politics of Congress are at the moment: House Speaker Mike Johnson will try to pass four different bills this week designed to send billions in aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan—all while trying to keep his job as speaker.
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FBI Chief Warns of Potential Attack Amid FISA Fight

After Wednesday's chaos, House Republicans may now see a path forward

(Newser) - FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Thursday of "the potential for a coordinated attack" in the US, similar to the ISIS-K attack that killed more than 140 people in Russia last month. Wray told lawmakers he was "hard-pressed to think of a time [during my law enforcement career] where...

Johnson Faces Revolt Over Spy Tool Reauthorization

Trump urges Republicans to 'kill FISA'

(Newser) - A bill that would reauthorize a crucial national security surveillance program was blocked Wednesday by a conservative revolt, pushing the prospects of final passage into uncertainty amid a looming deadline. The legislative impasse followed an edict earlier in the day from Donald Trump to "kill" the measure. The procedural...

Russia Propaganda Is Aired on House Floor, Intel Chair Says

Turner says colleagues repeat false information in Ukraine aid debate

(Newser) - Russian propaganda about the invasion of Ukraine has echoed in House debate, Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Turner said Sunday. Appearing on CNN's State of the Union, the Republican was asked about Rep. Michael McCaul's comments that Russian propaganda had seeped into their party's base. "Oh, it'...

Republicans Seek to Rename Dulles Airport After Trump

Bill is put forward in the House, but it stands no chance in the Senate

(Newser) - If some House Republicans get their way, people flying into the DC area might soon be landing at Donald J. Trump International Airport. A group of Trump supporters has introduced a bill to rename Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia in honor of the former president, reports NBC News .
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Mike Johnson Hoped for an 'End of the Exits.' Now, Another

Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin to resign April 19, leaving House GOP down to a one-vote margin

(Newser) - Earlier this month, when Colorado GOP Rep. Ken Buck announced he was stepping down early from his seat in the US House of Representatives, Speaker Mike Johnson insisted there were no further resignations planned. "I think, I hope and believe that that's the end of the exits for...

Spending Bill Clears House, Triggers a GOP Mutiny

Marjorie Taylor Greene files motion to vacate against Speaker Mike Johnson

(Newser) - House Speaker Mike Johnson is having a good-news, bad-news Friday. On the one hand, he got a $1.2 trillion spending package through the House via a "streamlined process" to avert a government shutdown, reports the AP . On the other, his speakership is endangered as a result.
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Buck's Exit Is a Big Problem for Boebert

She can't run in special election without leaving seat in another Colorado district

(Newser) - Republican Rep. Ken Buck announced Tuesday that he is leaving Congress earlier than planned, creating a dilemma for Rep. Lauren Boebert. Whoever wins the special election to replace Buck for the rest of his term in Colorado's 4th District will have a big advantage in the general election as...

Hunter Biden on GOP Invite for New Hearing: Nope

President's son's lawyer dismisses 'circus act'

(Newser) - Hunter Biden on Wednesday rejected an invitation from House Republicans to appear for a public hearing next week alongside former business associates, an inquiry his attorney dismissed as a "carnival side show." In a letter obtained by the AP , Biden's attorney Abbe Lowell blasted Republicans' efforts to...

No One Wants to Go to Mike Johnson's GOP Retreat

Fewer than 100 House Republicans plan to attend in W. Va., with some saying they're tired of drama

(Newser) - This year's retreat for House Republicans is nestled in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, promising a break from the confines of DC and a chance for the GOP to recalibrate ahead of the November election. It doesn't look like the getaway will be a particularly well-attended event,...

Republican Is Leaving Congress Early

Ken Buck is quitting House amid 'bickering and nonsense'

(Newser) - Republican Rep. Ken Buck announced Tuesday that he's leaving Congress at the end of next week, further narrowing the GOP's slender House majority. Buck, a member of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus, said in November that he wouldn't seek re-election in Colorado's 4th District but...

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