After a tumultuous three-week process to choose a new Speaker of the House, House Republicans have elected Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) as their fourth nominee to succeed Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calf.), who formerly held the position.
Elected to Congress in 2016, representing Louisiana's 4th District, Johnson is a member of the House Judiciary and Armed Services committees. He also holds the position of vice chair within the House GOP conference.
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has recently offered its enthusiastic endorsement of Rep. Mike Johnson upon his election as Speaker of the House. This endorsement underscores Speaker Johnson's unwavering dedication to the well-being of American farmers and ranchers, earning him the prestigious 'Friend of Farm Bureau' award multiple times.
AFBF President Zippy Duvall praised Speaker Johnson's election, underscoring the pivotal role he is anticipated to play in addressing the pressing needs of American families. This includes the critical tasks of finalizing fiscal year 2024 appropriations and passing a vital farm bill, a cornerstone of stability for those who labor to produce the nation's food, fuel, and fiber. The farm bill is vital in ensuring a secure and affordable food supply for every American.
In a statement, Duvall affirmed, "We are fully prepared to collaborate with Speaker Johnson in advancing this crucial legislation. Every American family is relying on his leadership."
In a social media post, Johnson thanked supporters, calling the election “the honor of a lifetime to have been elected the 56th Speaker of the House.” “The urgency of this moment demands bold, decisive action to restore trust, advance our legislative priorities, and demonstrate good governance. As Speaker, I will ensure the House delivers results and inspires change for the American people,” Johnson posted.
As reported by Agri-Pulse, Rep. Mike Johnson outlined an ambitious schedule in a letter addressed to his fellow House members. In this letter, he called for a House vote on a new farm bill in December, with hopes of initiating negotiations with the Senate "as soon as possible." Johnson also proposed the establishment of a working group tasked with devising modifications to the fiscal 2024 spending bill for agencies like USDA, FDA, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The full House is expected to consider this bill during the week of November 13.