Chip Roy Leaves Door Open to Speaker Ousting

( – Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy had harsh words for Speaker Mike Johnson on Monday and said he would not rule out a motion to remove the speaker, the Washington Examiner reported.

In an interview with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins on Monday, Roy responded to the spending framework agreed to by the speaker and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, which was based on the $1.59 trillion spending bill initially proposed in last year’s Fiscal Responsibility Act.

The total package exceeds the original $1.59 trillion topline, proposing spending $886 billion on defense and another $772.7 billion on non-defense for a total of $1.66 trillion.

Roy blasted the agreement, arguing that Washington is spending money it does not have. Calling it “more of the same,” Roy expressed disappointment that Speaker Johnson had agreed to it and said he hoped that Republicans in the House could “try to figure out what we can do to change it in the next few days.”

When asked if he held Speaker Johnson responsible for the spending agreement, Roy, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, suggested that since the speaker’s job is to negotiate, then he is responsible.

When Collins asked if Roy would consider a motion to vacate, the same tactic used to oust former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, the Texas congressman said the House went “down that road” before and he preferred that it hadn’t gone down that road with Kevin McCarthy.

At the same time, Roy said House Republicans have to “figure out how to get this all done together.”

He said the spending agreement wasn’t a good one, and many of his colleagues are “pretty frustrated about it.”

Roy suggested that it would depend on what happens in the coming days.

In a recent interview with the Washington Examiner, Chip Roy suggested that there would have to be some “real sober conversations” about the current state of the House Republican majority.

He revealed that there were “conversations” happening in the Republican conference about the “complete lack of confidence” in the Republican leadership.

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