Johnson defends private MTG meetings as motion to vacate lingers

Source: Axios

“Speaker Mike Johnson says he wants to lead the House in 2025, and isn’t apologizing for meeting with his defectors as he works to beat back an ouster attempt. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) are making demands of Johnson as he looks to stave off a motion to strip him of his gavel. But GOP members argue concessions could come at a price. … ‘It’s not a negotiation, okay, this is how I’ve operated as speaker,’ Johnson told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday. ‘I committed to do it before I became speaker and we’ve been doing this for the last, last six months.’ ‘On almost on an hourly basis I hear suggestions and ideas and thoughts from members, my door has been open from day one.'” (05/07/24)