House Republicans have chosen Rep. Mike Johnson from Louisiana as the new Speaker of the House, putting an end to weeks of internal disputes within the GOP that had paralyzed legislative proceedings. Johnson, previously the fifth-ranking House Republican and vice chair of the conference, secured the nomination after four votes. He expressed confidence in garnering the necessary support for his election as speaker on the House floor, emphasizing the unity of the House Republican majority.
During the period without a speaker, the House was unable to address critical matters such as passing essential legislation to prevent a government shutdown and providing aid to Israel amidst its ongoing conflict with Hamas. Now, the House faces the task of resuming its work for the American people in the face of these challenges.
In spite of being seen as more congenial than failed candidate Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Johnson is a hardliner policy wise. He is known for not having in relationships with Democratic members and he is an election denier who argued that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. The choice of Johnson gives people little reason to believe the GOP is on a path towards normalcy.
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