Written by Ashton Snyder on
 July 8, 2024

GOP Leaders Assess Speaker Mike Johnson's Performance

House Republicans have mixed feelings about Speaker Mike Johnson's tenure, highlighting ongoing rifts within the party.

According to Daily Mail, as Trump supported the speaker, many House Republicans agreed that Johnson was 'doing the best he can.'

Speaker Mike Johnson has been in office amid significant challenges and divisions among House Republicans. He assumed the role after a three-week vacancy and initially garnered support from various factions within the party. However, his performance has been met with both support and criticism from his colleagues.

Johnson Faces Criticism and Support

Rep. James Comer, Oversight Committee Chairman, remarked, "I think he's doing the best he can in the situation he was given." Comer acknowledged the difficulties Johnson faces, particularly in dealing with complex members. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan also expressed support, stating, "Mike's been doing a good job and I support the speaker," although he admitted disagreements.

On the other hand, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has been vocal in her criticism. She filed a motion to vacate Johnson's position in March, which moved forward with eleven Republican votes but was ultimately tabled with Democratic support. Greene has accused Johnson of "aiding and abetting Democrats" and described his governance approach as "pathetic, weak and unacceptable."

Legislative Efforts and Controversies

One of Johnson's significant actions was supporting the impeachment inquiry into President Biden, led by Comer and Jordan. Additionally, Johnson was at the forefront of efforts to obtain special counsel Robert Hur's interview audio with President Biden. This move was part of a broader strategy to scrutinize the administration's actions.

Johnson also led the passage of a foreign policy bill, which authorized nearly $61 billion for Ukraine, alongside additional funds for Israel and Taiwan. This bill passed with Democratic support, showcasing Johnson's ability to navigate bipartisan agreements. However, this legislative success did not come without its critics within the party.

Greene was particularly critical of Johnson's spending bill that reauthorized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) without incorporating border security measures. She argued that even with a slim Republican majority, securing the border should have been more significant achievements.

Internal Party Dynamics and Future Leadership

Rep. Chip Roy also voiced his dissatisfaction with Johnson's handling of spending deals, accusing him of failing to uphold conservative priorities. Roy's critique reflects the broader discontent among some GOP members regarding Johnson's leadership decisions.

Despite the internal friction, Johnson remains committed to leading the Republican conference. He has expressed his intention to guide the party in the next Congress, indicating a desire for continuity and stability. The upcoming election results will be crucial in determining Johnson's political future and the potential for shifts in GOP leadership.

Jim Jordan, who previously ran for Speaker, has suggested he might consider another bid for the position under certain conditions. Jordan has been active in fundraising and campaigning, amassing close to $10 million and contributing over $200,000 to other Republicans' campaigns. His continued involvement signals potential changes in the party's leadership dynamics.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise briefly secured the GOP speaker nominee position before Johnson, highlighting the competitive nature of the leadership race. Scalise's experience and influence remain significant factors within the party.


House Republicans are divided over Speaker Mike Johnson's performance, with some praising his efforts and others criticizing his decisions, especially on spending bills. Internal party dynamics are a challenge, with dissatisfaction from figures like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Chip Roy. Johnson's ability to navigate these challenges and unify the Republican conference is crucial as the party looks ahead to the next election.

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