Speaker Johnson says it's 'not true' that the House is unable to carry out 'basic functions'

By Jen Krausz on
 February 9, 2024

Speaking out against allegations that the House is currently unable to carry out "basic functions," Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said to reporters on Wednesday, “Well, it’s just simply not true."

“We’re governing here. Sometimes it’s messy,” he added.

The comments about the House came after back-to-back bills -- an impeachment of DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and a standalone Israel aid bill -- failed in the chamber, but the failure of those two bills may not be a good indicator of the House's functionality.

The House also shot down a larger border and aid bill earlier in the week, causing the Senate to drop it rather than vote it through to be rejected by the House.

The Israel bill failed because House Republicans had insisted that border security be passed with or before aid to Israel or Ukraine, which has not happened.

Currently, the House can only lose one to three GOP votes before it will no longer have a majority if all Democrats vote together with no defectors. That makes getting anything done difficult, to say the least.

Then again, the Founding Fathers knew this scenario was possible and, in some cases, welcomed it as a way to keep extreme legislation from being passed.