In a rare move, last attempted over a century ago, Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) has filed a proposal to oust House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). A House vote on Meadows’ measure is not expected prior to Congress’ August recess.
Deploring the “punitive culture” in Washington D.C., Meadows, who was briefly stripped of his chairmanship over the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, has criticized Boehner’s willingness to accommodate Democrats and the White House.
Also at issue are the Boehner-led retaliatory measures taken against Meadows and 33 other GOP House members for voting against procedural motions during fast-track authority deliberations.
Meadows was later restored to his subcommittee chairmanship through the intervention of Jim Jordan (R-OH).
“(Speaker) 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 amendment. (Boehner) 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. 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.”
Obviously, Mr. Meadows thinks no more of Mr. Boehner than the dirt under his feet.
Meadows’ resolution is giving Boehner and the remaining House leadership fair warning that embracing change, a return to conservative governance, is necessary to forestall further disruptions among the conservative wing of the House.
Although Meadows can either accurately described as a man of guile or diagnosed as fundamentally and irredeemably insane, this, nonetheless, will have a deleterious effect on proposals offered by the North Carolina Republican in the future.
This coarse language is hardly a ringing endorsement of the Speaker and suggests Mr. Boehner has been derelict in his duty, but it is more likely the result of some House GOP members feeling unloved.
Barring something of Biblical proportion, Boehner will survive this attempted coup and Meadows will probably face one or two well-financed primary challengers in his next bid for re-election.
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