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Marjorie Taylor Greene Demands Speaker Johnson Expel Gallagher Before He Leaves Congress

By Jake Beardslee · March 25, 2024

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has called on Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) to expel Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) from Congress ahead of his scheduled departure next month.  Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America/Wikimedia

The move would allow Gallagher's district, which is considered a "solid Republican" seat according to the Cook Political Report, to hold a special election and elect a new representative.  U.S. House of Representatives Office of Photography/Wikimedia

Gallagher, who chairs the House Select Committee on China, announced last month that he would not seek reelection.  Office of Congressman Kevin McCarthy/Wikimedia

However, on Friday, he revealed that his last day in Congress would be April 19.  United_States_Capitol_-_west_front.jpg: Architect of the Capitolderivative work: O.J./Wikimedia

Under Wisconsin election law, a special election to fill a vacancy can only be held if the vacancy occurs before the first Tuesday in April of an election year.  TUBS/Wikimedia

With Gallagher's scheduled departure date, the House Republican majority could be left razor-thin, potentially for the remainder of the year.  U.S. House Office of Photography/Wikimedia

This prospect has prompted Greene to call for Gallagher's expulsion, stating on Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures," "Speaker Johnson should be forcing Mike Gallagher to leave early so that his district can hold a special election, and any strong Republican Speaker of the House would expel a member for leaving our razor-thin majority in such a delicate, delicate state. We cannot allow. We cannot allow this."  Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America/Wikimedia

Greene also criticized Johnson for praising Gallagher after his announcement, accusing the Speaker of failing to protect the Republican majority.  Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America/Wikimedia

"Mike Gallagher betrayed all of us, and Speaker Johnson, as the one who's responsible for our majority, praised Mike Gallagher on Friday after he announced his departure, saying that he's great and praising him and thanking him for his service in Congress," Greene said.  Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America/Wikimedia

The call for Gallagher's expulsion adds to the growing tension between Greene and Speaker Johnson.  Office of Speaker Mike Johnson/Wikimedia

Greene threatened to file a motion to vacate the Speaker's chair on Friday over her frustration with the passage of a bipartisan funding package that averted a partial government shutdown.  Office of Speaker Mike Johnson/Wikimedia