After securing a unanimous victory to become the new speaker, Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., faces five significant challenges to maintain his position and keep the Republican conference unified, according to The Hill.
The first challenge is healing the divisions within the party caused by the bitter infighting over the removal of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and unifying the conference.
The second challenge involves dealing with government funding, particularly addressing Republican concerns about omnibus bills and continuing resolutions, issues that led to McCarthy’s downfall.
The third challenge is navigating the delicate situation regarding the war between Russia and Ukraine, as public support for aiding Ukraine varies significantly among Republican voters.
The fourth challenge involves handling the scrutiny from Democrats, who are likely to target Johnson in the 2024 elections as an “extremist,” making it essential for him to defend his positions effectively.
The fifth challenge is maintaining the Republican majority in the House, which is currently a narrow five-vote margin. Johnson must support incumbent Republicans and aid GOP candidates in competitive races, a responsibility crucial for preserving the party’s majority.
Johnson’s ability to address these challenges will determine his success as the new speaker of the House.