Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) was elected as the 56th speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. In response, Patrick Gaspard, CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, released the following statement:
This election represents the full and complete takeover of the Republican Party by MAGA extremists, with the American people destined to bear the cost. House Republicans chose a speaker who wants to gut Americans’ health and financial security by slashing Medicare and Social Security by trillions of dollars. He also spearheaded efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election and is at the extreme fringe of right-wing intolerance when it comes to LGBTQ rights. His extremism, evidenced by a record of voting with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) 95 percent of the time, is anathema to who we are as a people.
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