Johnson Calls Himself a ‘Wartime Speaker,’ Will Push Ukraine Aid Despite Opposition

Credit: Gage Skidmore

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) called himself a “wartime speaker” on Tuesday as he defended himself after Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) called for his resignation over a plan to hold separate votes on military aid for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

“We need steady leadership. We need steady hands on the wheel,” Johnson said at a press conference. “Look, I regard myself as a wartime speaker.”

Massie said he would back Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) plan to file a motion to vacate, which would trigger a vote to oust Johnson as speaker. If every Democrat votes against Johnson, only two Republican votes would be needed to oust him.

Several House Democrats signaled they wouldn’t vote against Johnson if the bills he put forward included the total funding in the $95 billion foreign military aid bill that passed the Senate.