Speaker Johnson Planning ‘Very Aggressive 100 Days’ Under GOP-Controlled Congress, White House

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House Speaker Mike Johnson said he plans to remain leader of the GOP and the chamber following the 2024 election while pledging an “aggressive 100 days” under a Republican-controlled Congress and White House.

During an interview at the House Republicans’ annual member retreat at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Johnson hinted that he would prefer to retain his position at the top of the conference, regardless of whether they maintain the House majority, Fox News reported.

“I have not given a lot of thought about the next Congress because I’m so busy with my responsibilities right now. My intention is to stay as Speaker and stay in leadership because we’re laying a lot of important groundwork right now for the big work that we’ll be doing,” Johnson said.

“But each day has enough concern of its own right now. And I’ve got – we’ve got a very full, very busy agenda right now. And that’s where my focus is.”

He also provided Fox News Digital with a glimpse of his priorities for Congress in 2025, expressing optimism that the GOP would enter the new year having secured the House majority, as well as winning control of the Senate and White House.

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“We would absolutely turn our attention to securing the border and ending the catastrophe that the Biden administration has created. Obviously, we would continue to address the China threat and increase our stature on the world stage. That’s what the White House would be focused on, and we would give assistance in the House in every way possible,” he said.

Johnson also identified strengthening U.S. defense capabilities, tax reform, and investigating the weaponization of the federal government as additional priorities. He also emphasized the need for legislative progress on artificial intelligence, Fox News added.

“We’d have a very aggressive first 100 days of the Congress agenda, and we’re kind of excited about that prospect,” Johnson said.

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Johnson’s comments to Fox News Digital come a day after he was asked at a press conference about whether he’d have the House GOP Conference change its rules on how difficult it is to kick out a speaker.

Johnson, who was optimistic that the GOP could retain and expand its razor-thin House majority in November, suggested the next Congress would also likely see a change to its motion to vacate rules – the guidelines by which a speaker is ousted from power.

“The motion to vacate is something that comes up a lot amongst members in discussion, and I expect there will probably be a change to that as well. But just so you know, I’ve never advocated for that. I’m not one who’s making it an issue, because I don’t think it is one for now,” he said Wednesday.

Johnson tore into President Joe Biden last week for being an “embarrassment” after the president seemingly apologized to Laken Riley’s accused killer instead of to the slain student’s family.

“The president is cowering to his base and showing deference to a man who deserves none. This man is an illegal immigrant who brutally murdered Laken Riley. President Biden should be apologizing to Laken’s family. What an embarrassment,” Johnson wrote on X on Sunday, responding to Biden’s interview with MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart that aired March 9.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., urged Biden to condemn Riley’s killing by “an illegal” during an off-script moment in his State of the Union speech on Thursday.

Later, in an interview with Capehart, the president took a backseat, saying that he should have referred to Jose Ibarra, a national of Venezuela, as “undocumented” when describing the man who is accused of killing Riley, an Augusta University nursing student who was out for a run on the University of Georgia campus last month.

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Ibarra was released into the United States for additional processing in September 2022 after crossing the border illegally close to El Paso, Texas, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

About a year later, he was allegedly putting a child in danger, for which he was later arrested and released in New York City.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department verified that in October 2023, months before Riley’s death, Ibarra and his brother received tickets for shoplifting in Georgia.

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