Johnson needs all the help he can get from Republicans to stop the Left’s agenda. But lately, he’s only been getting the opposite of that help.
And House Speaker Mike Johnson just suffered a major defeat after being betrayed by his own party.
The U.S. House voted on Tuesday night not to impeach Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas for his dereliction of duty regarding the massive border crisis at the United States’ southern border with Mexico.
Mayorkas avoided impeachment by a vote of 216-214 against the resolution.
Before the vote began, Reps. Ken Buck (R-CO) and Tom McClintock (R-CA) said that they would not vote for impeachment.
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) also ended up voting “no” with Democrats.
In a private Republican Conference meeting on Tuesday morning, Gallagher detailed his concerns about the impeachment vote.
Buck’s stance on the vote was likely not going to be changed. He’s been deemed a RINO by conservatives and as of last year, has announced his decision to not run for reelection next year.
Instead the congressman has said that he hopes to one day work for liberal media outlets CNN or MSNBC.
Rep. McClintock believed that the impeachment was unconstitutional which is why he voted against it.
Republicans, specifically Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), have been adamant in their efforts to impeach Mayorkas for quite some time now.
Greene believes that Mayorkas allegedly lying to Congress and not following laws is why he should be impeached.
“My Democrat colleagues argue that one cannot be impeached for policy differences,” Greene said on Tuesday.
“Well, I argue that breaking our laws is more than just policy differences.”
Refusing to comply with the laws of the United States is more than just "policy differences."@RepMTG lays out some of the consequences of Secretary Mayorkas' refusal to comply with those laws, and his breach of public trust. pic.twitter.com/RwMhDXr0Ar
— House Homeland GOP (@HomelandGOP) February 6, 2024
As for House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), he has now experienced another loss with the razor-thin House majority that Republicans currently have.
And that majority has only gotten smaller since he became speaker.
That’s partly due to Rep. George Santos (R-NY) being ousted from Congress and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) recently announcing his retirement.
At the time this article is being written, it’s possible that Johnson could introduce the impeachment resolution again, but no reports of that occurring have been announced yet.
Stay tuned to The Federalist Wire.