Johnson faces his biggest speakership danger yet as Ukraine aid decisions loom.

House Speaker Mike Johnson is facing yet another crucial week of his speakership. He is confronted with the possibility of being removed from his position, as well as rising pressure to decide whether or not he would finally move forward with the initiative to provide assistance to Ukraine, which he has been promising to pursue for several months.

During the two weeks while the House of Representatives was on recess for Easter, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene continued to level attacks against Speaker Johnson and to continue to caution him against pursuing any kind of aid package for Ukraine. However, Johnson has also been working behind the scenes in an effort to develop a package that could pass the test and find a way to thread the needle.

Johnson continues to be concerned about the fact that any assistance to Ukraine will require a significant number of votes from Democrats. It might be challenging to draft legislation that would garner sufficient support from the Democratic Party to push Ukraine over the finish line and would also contain assistance for Israel. This is especially true in light of the Israeli strike that took place last week, which resulted in the deaths of three relief workers from the World Central Kitchen. As a result of the strike, an increasing number of Democrats have indicated that they are willing to attach conditions to help for Israel. This dynamic has the potential to make it more difficult for future efforts to acquire approval for Israel aid through Congress.

On the other hand, the leaders of the Republican Party are considering the possibility of splintering the package into smaller parts; nevertheless, if this is to be successful, it will be still another challenge to overcome. Johnson is not anticipated to seek to pass aid to Ukraine this week; rather, he is likely to focus on passing a bill to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. However, even this endeavor could be fraught with party infighting, which would once again put the speaker at odds with members of his right flank.

Additionally, this week, Congress will be confronted with a number of other significant challenges. The Republicans in the House of Representatives are getting ready to send articles of impeachment against the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, to the Senate. Legislators are also expected to face questions regarding how Congress will respond to efforts to rebuild and recover after the collapse of the Francis Scott Key bridge in Baltimore.

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