North Carolina Representative Mark Meadows’s procedural move to declare Boehner’s office vacant, while nearly certain to fail, again demonstrates the frustration with Boehner among conservative Republicans.
WASHINGTON A conservative member of the U.S. House of Representatives filed a motion on Tuesday to try to oust fellow Republican John Boehner from his leadership position, saying he was exhausted of a “punitive culture” against dissidents in the lawmaking body.
The Tea Party favorite, now serving in his second term in Congress, filed a “vacate the chair” motion, which could force a no confidence vote by the full chamber.
The resolution said Boehner “has endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of the 435 Members of Congress and the people they represent”.
The measure filed by Meadows would need the Rules Committee’s approval to move forward, said a House leadership aide who sought anonymity to discuss the matter.
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.
Boehner’s office declined to comment on Meadows motion on the record Tuesday night.
Recently a committee chairman, presumably acting on orders of Boehner, stripped Meadows of his subcommittee chairmanship after Meadows and a number of other conservatives voted against a procedural motion during a heated trade debate in June. The move, however, reflected the discontent among the more conservative wing of the House GOP, whose members have been frustrated with leaders’ willingness to compromise on some legislation.
Some GOP members told Fox News that Meadow’s resolution is the best thing that could happen for President Obama, taking attention away from the contentious issues of the Iranian nuclear deal, and the swirling controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood for the August recess.
“There’s been no one that’s been stronger on the Iran message”.
“He just has the courage to do something about it”, Jones said of Meadows.