Conservatives are tired of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) inability to stop the Obama agenda. That’s why conservative hero Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) just made a huge move against Boehner by filing paperwork to fire him as the speaker!
Meadows was briefly kicked off of his Chairman position of the Government Operations subcommittee after he voted against Boehner and the GOP leadership on the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation… otherwise known as Obamatrade. And Meadows is fighting back.
This motion to “vacate the chair” would then force a “no confidence” vote by the entire House of Representatives.
But just before 6 p.m. Tuesday — a day before the House was set to leave town for its five-week summer recess — Meadows offered a motion to vacate the chair, an extraordinarily rare procedural move that represents the most serious expression of opposition to Boehner’s speakership. […]
It states that Boehner tried to “consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of the 435 members of Congress and the people they represent.” It accuses the speaker of using the “legislative calendar to create crises for the American people, in order to compel members to vote for legislation.” The resolution also charges Boehner with using the Rules Committee to limit amendments.
The “Speaker has, through inaction, caused the power of Congress to atrophy, thereby making Congress subservient to the Executive and Judicial branches, diminishing the voice of the American People,” it reads. “Whereas the Speaker uses the power of the office to punish Members who vote according to their conscience instead of the will of the Speaker.”
And the effort is building support!
But Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), who has repeatedly voted against Boehner, said there’s a lot of “dissatisfaction with the leadership.”
There is no obvious candidate to replace Boehner. But Meadows offered House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and GOP Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), as well as Texas Reps. Lamar Smith, Mike McCaul and Kevin Brady and Florida Rep. Daniel Webster, as alternatives.
Clearly, Boehner has been no friend to conservatives. When it became challenging to stand up to Obama, Boehner has always taken the easy way out.
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