Once again a rebellion is brewing among Republicans in the House of Representatives. Over the past few years there have been two major attempts to remove John Boehner as House Speaker. Tuesday Breitbart points out that even though the previous attempts were unsuccessful, they came incredibly close to succeeding. The motion was filed by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). The move will center around a different strategy and comes as a result of Boehner’s leadership team unsuccessfully attempted retaliation against Meadows for opposing Obamatrade.
Although Boehner’s office has not yet responded to a request for comment, it has not prevented conservative movement stalwarts including nationally syndicated radio host Mark Levin to call for his ouster in recent days. Meadows, a highly respected conservative member of the House and intricately involved in the House Freedom Caucus, is plugged in party-wide, and wouldn’t be doing this if he didn’t think it could be successful.
In the resolution, Meadows states that Boehner, “has endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of the 435 Members of Congress and the people they represent.” According to the Washington Times, Meadows has accused Boehner of limiting debate, pushing legislation to the brink to compel votes in a state of crisis, and moving to “punish Members who vote according to their conscience” instead of how he wants. The Meadows resolution also states that Boehner has caused the Congress to “atrophy,” making it “subservient” to the executive and judicial branches.
The maneuver would require majority support of the full chamber, including Democrats, to succeed thereby making it extremely difficult to pull off. It should be noted that the motion was filed as a non-privilege resolution, sending it to the House Committee on Rules, which could choose to take it up or not, as is the case with all legislation that comes before the committee. Conservative groups rallied to Meadows‘ side in spite of the long odds on removing Boehner.
“Every time defenders of freedom need a leader, John Boehner has failed us,” said FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon. “It’s time to remove Boehner from the speakership before it’s too late to pass bold reforms. Under his speakership, the Republican-controlled House has allowed taxes and spending to increase, and their agenda revolves more about pleasing lobbyists than standing on principle. It’s time to end the Boehner Blunder.”
Some members have called the motion a publicity stunt. Representative Carlos Curbelo, a freshman representative from Florida, said as he left the Capitol on Tuesday “I guess some people can’t get enough attention.” But Representative Justin Amash, a member of the Freedom Caucus, spoke approvingly of Meadows’ action, saying: “I’ve talked about the need for new leadership for a long time .. People at home want us to take a new direction.”
Meadow’s challenge to Boehner comes as Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell also is under attack from conservatives within the Republican Party. Last week, Senator Ted Cruz, who is running for president, accused McConnell of lying to him and other Republicans about the leader’s plans for holding a vote on the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. as stated by Raw Story.
It is being said that an antagonistic attitude toward Republican leadership is on display on both sides of the Capitol. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) recently accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of lying to GOP lawmakers. Other conservative senators have forced McConnell into a series of uncomfortable votes. Whenever a member of Congress shows some backbone and moves to hold fellow members accountable, “foul” is going to be called.
According to Politico, there is no obvious candidate to replace Boehner. However, 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.
If it were left up to the American people, Boehner would have been gone a long time ago. Most are sick of his lies and betrayals. It may be an uphill battle, but miracles still happen.