Chip Roy says booting Mike Johnson from speakership 'on the table'

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Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, made his bluntest threat yet against Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., warning that a motion to vacate the House Republican leader is "not off the table."

"I'm leaving it on the table. I'm not gonna say I'm gonna go file it tomorrow. I'm not saying I'm not going to file it tomorrow," the Texas conservative said Tuesday on "The Steve Deace Show."

"I think the speaker needs to know that we're angry about it. He needs to know that we need to sit down at the table and try to solve this."

It’s notable criticism from Roy, who was not one of the eight House Republicans who joined Democrats in ousting former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., in October.

Roy has been on a war path against Johnson’s agreement to fund the government struck with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N. Y., over the weekend.

He called the bill, which follows through with most commitments cobbled together by McCarthy and President Biden during talks to raise the debt ceiling last year, "garbage" and dismissed Johnson’s promise to negotiate conservative policy wins in the eventual spending bills.

The deal would set a statutory limit of $1.59 trillion for discretionary government funding but would honor a McCarthy-Biden side-deal of an added $69 billion. Johnson on Sunday announced that he secured an extra $16 billion in cuts for this fiscal year to offset some of that.... (Read more)