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Mike Johnson Voted in as Speaker of the House
After 22 days, the Republicans have voted on Speaker of the House. Just after being elected, Johnson posted a statement on social media, calling being elected as the 56th speaker an "honor of a lifetime."
He continued, "It has been an arduous few weeks, and a reminder that the House is as complicated and diverse as the people we represent. The urgency of this moment demands bold, decisive action to restore trust, advance our legislative priorities, and demonstrate good governance. Our House Republican Conference is united, and eager to work."
He highlighted his goals as speaker: Restoring trust, inspiring change for the American people, advancing a comprehensive conservative policy agenda, combating policies of the Biden administration, and supporting allies abroad. "We will restore sanity to a government desperately in need of it. Let’s get back to work," he wrote.
Mike Johnson question Alejandro Mayorkas over CISA and the Biden admin’s creation of the Disinformation Governance Board which targeted predominantly Conservative pundits on social media.
After the 2020 election, Johnson led an amicus brief signed by more than 100 House Republicans in support of a lawsuit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to overturn the election results in four swing states allegedly won by President Biden.
The brief claimed that the officials and courts in each of the battleground states unconstitutionally usurped the power granted to state legislators by changing election rules in 2020. The Supreme Court rejected the request, saying it lacked legal standing.
According to The New York Times, about three-quarters of the arguments that lawmakers used to justify overturning the election results relied on arguments from Johnson.
Ahead of the Jan. 6, 2021, joint session of Congress to count the Electoral College votes, Johnson urged lawmakers to follow a "third option," saying the way the states had changed voting rules during the pandemic had been unconstitutional, according to The New York Times.
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