Democrats Cut Shady Deal With Speaker Johnson?

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( – Some House Democrats have stated that they would be willing to consider helping Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) keep his position as the potential of another ousting is approaching.

The Democrats have expressed that they are willing to assist Johnson if the Speaker first forges an agreement with House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) which would ensure that the Democrats would get more say in the legislative process. They added that in such a case they would consider providing the Speaker with the necessary votes for him to not lose his position.

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) stated that as he had previously told McCarthy what he needed to do was talk to Jeffries and some Democrats would potentially support him. This is a reference to former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who was ousted from his position last year by a handful of conservatives who had been upset over the funding agreement he had reached with the Democrats.

Cuellar argued that the Republicans were going to do the same thing to Johnson. He was not the only Democrat to make this suggestion. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) stated that Johnson needed to be more willing to sit down with Jeffries than McCarthy had been and for him to have a conversation over what would be required for them to be helpful. However, McCarthy did not want the assistance they had offered.
Kildee also pointed out this assistance would not be an act of charity, and that instead what they were stating was that if the Democrats were to govern then they needed to accept more feedback from the Democrats.

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