Democrat Hakeem Jeffries Wielding ‘Significant Power’ as Speaker Mike Johnson Faces Ouster

Democrat House Minority Leader Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) is wielding “significant power” in Congress as Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) faces calls for his ouster, according to a new report.

The issue is giving Jeffries an advantage over Johnson, the Associated Press reported.

The House Democrat leader recently worked against Republicans seeking to ouster Johnson, marking a significant turning point.

Jeffries has managed to rally the votes to prevent a government shutdown with his leadership in the Democratic Party.

He also succeeded in funding the war in Ukraine and other foreign powers to the tune of another $95 billion in aid.

However, his most significant move has been to keep Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from replacing Johnson as House speaker.

Jeffries pulled this off while being the defacto next in line for the job should Democrats retake the House of Representatives.

University of Southern California Public Policy Professor Jeffrey Jenkins weighed in on the situation, commenting:

“How powerful is Jeffries right now?

“That’s significant power.”

Jeffries has the advantage of seeming level-headed at a time when some Republicans are losing theirs.

There’s no doubt that House Republicans like Greene have added fuel to Democrats’ argument that the GOP is off the rails.

“From the very beginning of this Congress, House Republicans have visited chaos, dysfunction, and extremism on the American people,” Jeffries claimed Wednesday.

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He further asserted that the GOP is “unwilling or unable” to control “the extreme MAGA Republicans.”

He offered a solution that will be “a bipartisan coalition and partnership to accomplish that objective,” Jeffries proposed.

“We need more common sense in Washington, D.C., and less chaos.”

The comments from Jeffries come as Democrats continue to smear anyone associated with President Donald Trump as unhinged and radical, as the critical November elections draw near.

If Greene succeeds, however, Johnson would become the second House Speaker to be ousted since October.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) headed up the effort to push McCarthy out in October only for Johnson to find himself in the same spot months later, Fox News reported.

However, some Republicans are beginning to criticize the instability that the efforts are bringing to the GOP.

While Johnson might not be perfect, many on the Right acknowledge that this revolving door is not helping going into the 2024 presidential election.

Many also fear that removing Johnson could risk Democrats taking more control over the House.

Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN), who supported the effort against McCarthy, isn’t thrilled about doing the same to Johnson.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Burchett said Wednesday.

“The support’s not there.”

Greene has said she’s going to push for the vote next week where lawmakers will get to vote for it or table it.

“I’m glad they’re getting it out of the way, but waiting another week just keeps it in the press,” Burchett said.

Even Gaetz doesn’t think it’s such a good idea and is hesitant to allow for Greene’s vote next week.

“I’ll probably support a motion to table it,” he said.

Republicans are otherwise in good shape heading into 2024.

Nevertheless, this issue with the House leadership could threaten that.

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By Nick R. Hamilton

Nick has a broad background in journalism, business, and technology. He covers news on cryptocurrency, traditional assets, and economic markets.

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