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‘Democrats Got Everything They Wanted’: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Hailed as House ‘Shadow Speaker’ After $95 Billion Ukraine Bill Passes

by Jamie White
April 22nd 2024, 1:11 pm
“We wouldn’t be voting on this right now if it weren’t for Hakeem…He’s the one who created the system that [Speaker Mike] Johnson could follow and get this done,” one House Democrat says.
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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) was hailed by Axios on Monday as the de facto Speaker of the House after the chamber passed a $95 billion aid package for Ukraine and Israel on Saturday.

In a piece called “Hakeem Jeffries emerges as Congress’ shadow speaker“, the far-left publication boasted that the House Minority Leader successfully outmaneuvered House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) by getting the bill passed without making any concessions to the Republican majority.

“Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) found himself in an unusual position for a minority leader last week: It was he, not the House speaker, who had the ultimate power to decide whether legislation came to the floor,” Axios reported Monday.

Democrats got everything they wanted – a $95 billion foreign aid bill, the credit for passing it, and adversaries more divided than ever. In their telling, that total victory wasn’t a sure thing.”

Axios went on to highlight all the accolades top Democrats, including former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) made about Jeffries for managing to get everything they wanted in spite of the House Republican majority.

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a master legislative tactician, heaped praise on her successor: “He is fabulous. We’re so proud of him.”

One senior House Democrat told Axios: “It easily could have fallen apart … He played the cards the way you’d want to play them.”

“I would not want to play blackjack against him,” the lawmaker added.

This was all Jeffries’ call, as was Democrats’ decision to wait until it was clear House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) didn’t have the votes on his own before saving the package on the floor.

“We wouldn’t be voting on this right now if it weren’t for Hakeem … He’s the one who created the system that Johnson could follow and get this done,” said a House Democrat.

Meanwhile, the conservative base is furious over Speaker Johnson’s betrayal of not including border security funding in the package – as he previously promised – and appearance of total capitulation to the Democrats and neocons to fund more foreign wars despite soaring inflation domestically.

Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) are spearheading an effort to vacate Johnson from his Speakership as a result, warning that GOP voters are “done with the Republican leadership.”

“They’re angry on a whole ‘nother level. And here’s what really worries me: They’re done with the Republican party,” Greene said on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” on Monday.

They are absolutely done with Republican leadership like Mike Johnson, who totally sold us out to the Democrats, joined the Uni-Party faster than anyone we’ve ever seen in history, and literally made a night-and-day change in a matter of months. Betrayed everyone. Betrayed the entire Republican party. Betrayed Republican voters, betrayed the Republican conference. And voters? Voters are so angry this time. But I’m really worried, I am really worried. They’re so angry. They’re not going to give us the majority back in 2025.

“Hakeem Jeffries is running the floor, first time a minority leader has ever done it,” Bannon agreed, citing the Axios article.

Ironically, other establishment Republicans criticized their effort to vacate Johnson claiming it would surrender the Speakership to Jeffries.

What they don’t seem to understand, but Axios does, is that Jeffries already effectively controls the House.

MTG joined The Alex Jones Show on Monday to detail more of her plan to vacate Speaker Johnson and replace the current corrupt Republican Party with a grassroots “American Party”:


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