Republican Congressman Gallagher’s Early Departure Imperils GOP Majority

Republican Congressman Mike Gallagher’s early departure from Congress deals a blow to Speaker Mike Johnson’s razor-thin Republican majority.

Departing on April 19, Gallagher cited family discussions and a belief in term limits. Marjorie Taylor Greene called for his expulsion to prompt a special election, emphasizing the risk of losing the majority.

Gallagher’s exit reduces the majority to 217-213. He chaired the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party and opposed the impeachment of Alejandro Mayorkas. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise urged unity amid the shrinking majority. The House passed a $1.2 trillion spending bill, criticized by Republican voters, awaiting Senate deliberation.

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