Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) becomes the first House Dem to pledge to oppose the motion to vacate against Speaker Johnson (R).

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Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) became the first House Democrat to publicly say that he would oppose a motion to vacate against Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA).

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) filed the motion after Johnson pushed a $1.2 trillion spending package deal to avert a government shutdown through the House of Representatives with majority Democrat support. The bill passed the House on Friday with a vote of 286-134. 185 Democrats voted to pass it along with 101 Republicans. A majority of Republicans voted against the measure.

“Congressman Suozzi, Democrat of New York, will you vote to keep Mike Johnson in as Speaker?” CNN’s Manu Raju asked Suozzi on the Capitol steps.

“Yes, I will,” Suozzi replied.

“Why is that?” Raju followed up.

“Because it’s absurd,” Suozzi said. “He’s getting kicked out for doing the right thing, keeping the government open. It has two-thirds support of the Congress, and the idea that he would be kicked out by these jokers is absurd.”

“Will there be other Democrats who join you, you think?” Raju inquired.

“I hope so,” Suozzi responded.