House Speaker Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) announced the first piece of legislation he will bring to the floor will support Israel.
“Turmoil and violence have rocked the Middle East and Eastern Europe. We all know it. And tensions continue to build in the Indo-Pacific,” Johnson said.
“The country demands strong leadership of this body. And we must not waiver. Our nation’s greatest ally in the Middle East is under attack. “The first bill that I’m going to bring to this floor, in just a little while, will be in support of our dear friend Israel,” Johnson said.
“We’re overdue in getting that done,” he commented while receiving a standing ovation.
“We’re going to show not only Israel, but the entire world, that the barbarism of Hamas that we have all seen play out on our television screens is wretched and wrong. And we’re going to stand for the good in that conflict,” Johnson commented.
NOW – New U.S. House Speaker Johnson: "The first bill that I'm going to bring to this floor will be in support of our dear friend Israel." pic.twitter.com/TWl58c26eH
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) October 25, 2023
Social media users commented on the new House Speaker’s announcement (warning – explicit language):
“This isn’t the United States of Israel. Israel can take care of theirselves. Stop sending my f****** money to other countries,” War Clandestine said.
This isn’t the United States of Israel.
Israel can take care of theirselves.
Stop sending my fucking money to other countries.
— Clandestine (@WarClandestine) October 25, 2023
“New boss, same as the old boss,” X user JoMa commented.
New boss, same as the old boss.
— JoMa 🏴 (@joma_gc) October 25, 2023
“@RepMikeJohnson please put America First. That’s what this was all about. Thank you,” X user DorieB said.
@RepMikeJohnson please put America First. That’s what this was all about. Thank you 🙏
— DorieB 🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸 (@dorieb57) October 25, 2023
“The only thing consistent about all these politicians is that they absolutely do not give a d*** about Americans,” BlazeTV host Lauren Chen commented.
The only thing consistent about all these politicians is that they absolutely do not give a damn about Americans. https://t.co/1X6RMGWaPW
— Lauren Chen (@TheLaurenChen) October 25, 2023
“I really enjoyed the first few hours of his speakership where we all had hope that all of our money wouldn’t be going overseas,” reporter Savanah Hernandez said.
I really enjoyed the first few hours of his speakership where we all had hope that all of our money wouldn’t be going overseas. https://t.co/yFg7PxlAue
— Savanah Hernandez (@sav_says_) October 25, 2023
“He’s already blowing it, can we focus on America FIRST?!!?” Alpha Fox questioned.
He's already blowing it, can we focus on America FIRST?!!? https://t.co/I8N0UDWvm4
— AlphaFo𝕏 (@Alphafox78) October 25, 2023
According to Open Secrets, the top contributor to Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) in 2021-2022 was the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
The Hill reports:
House Republican Vice Chair Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) became the chamber’s Speaker on Wednesday, three weeks after Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted.Advertisement
Johnson became his conference’s fourth Speaker nominee on Tuesday, and he takes over in the midst of multiple international crises, most notably in Israel, Gaza and Ukraine. There has been a split in the House GOP over aid to Ukraine as they face a war against Russia, making the passage of some recent bills a tough hill to climb in the lower chamber.
President Biden announced the sending of a budget request to Congress requesting aid for both Israel and Ukraine in a speech last Thursday. The request is expected to be about $100 billion, with a large portion of the funds for Ukraine.
Johnson has shown some resistance to more funding for Ukraine in the past, but seems to wholeheartedly support Israel.
It’s clear House Speaker Mike Johnson has zero qualms sending American taxpayer dollars to Israel.
However, it remains unclear if he wants to send more money to Ukraine.
Here’s a statement from Rep. Johnson last year regarding the Russia-Ukraine conflict:
My statement on Russia’s Invasion into Ukraine: pic.twitter.com/ybuTrq3Mca
— Rep. Mike Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) February 24, 2022