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Newly elected U.S. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) delivers remarks after the House of Representatives held an election at the U.S. Capitol on October 25, 2023, in Washington, D.C.Win McNamee/Getty Images

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) — Newly-minted Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Mike Johnson declared the “people’s house is back in business” on Wednesday after several contentious weeks of Republicans scrambling to replace the embattled Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

Louisiana’s Johnson, a conservative, received 220 votes in the full House on Wednesday, following several weeks of Republicans rotating between unsuccessful replacements for McCarthy, whom eight Republicans led by Florida’s Matt Gaetz voted with Democrats to oust earlier this month. Fiscal and social conservatives are cautiously optimistic about Johnson, a hope that he reinforced with his first remarks as speaker.

Johnson acknowledged that current events have jeopardized the public’s “great pride in this institution,” giving the House a duty to “rebuild and restore that trust.” To that end, he pledged to “advance a comprehensive conservative policy agenda, combat the harmful policies of the Biden administration, and support our allies abroad,” with the first bill he plans to bring to the floor a resolution of support for Israel’s efforts to destroy Hamas following the latter’s October 7 terrorist attack.

“We’re going to show not only Israel, but the entire world, that the barbarism of Hamas… is wretched and wrong and we’re going to stand for the good in that conflict,” Johnson declared.

Moving on to domestic policy, Johnson advocated a bipartisan debt commission, with greater involvement in leadership decisions from less experienced House members. He has also proposed a plan to return to funding the federal government through 12 separate appropriations bills instead of massive omnibuses.

“My office is going to be known for trust and transparency and accountability for good stewardship,” he promised. “We want our allies around the world to know that this body of lawmakers is again to our duty stations. Let the enemies of freedom around the world hear us loud and clear – the people’s House is back in business.”

Johnson, a Christian, also made a point of acknowledging the Creator, noting that “In God We Trust” hangs above the House floor “as a rebuke of the Cold War era philosophy of the Soviet Union, that philosophy was Marxism and Communism that begins with the premise that there is no God.”

“I want to tell all my colleagues here what I told the Republicans in that room last night,” he said. “I don’t believe there are any coincidences in a matter like this. I believe that Scripture, the Bible, is very clear that God is the One [Who] raises up those in authority. He raised up each of you. All of us. And I believe that God has allowed and ordained each and every one of us to be here at this specific moment. This is my belief. I believe that each one of us has a huge responsibility today to use the gifts God has given us to serve the extraordinary people of this great nation, and they deserve it.”

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