Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., filed the resolution, that would force House Speaker John John Boehner out late Tuesday, claiming that he “has endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of the 435 Members of Congress and the people they represent.” Boehner’s office has not immediately responded to a request for comment
The motion also claims that Boehner has used the power of his office to “punish Members who vote according to their conscience instead of the will of the Speaker.” He also says the speaker has limited debate, pushed legislation to the brink to compel votes in a state of crisis and moved to “punish Members who vote according to their conscience” instead of how he wants. Conservatives long have urged a coup against Mr. Boehner, who they view as too eager to make deals with Democrats
It’s not likely the motion will be successful, but over the past few years there have been two major coup attempts at Boehner. Both were unsuccessful.
Meadows and Boehner have not had a good relationship. Republicans are making their differences between themselves more public of late.
Last week Senator Ted Cruz accused Senator McConnell of repeatedly lying to him and the rest of the Republican senators. At issue was the federal Export-Import Bank and its reopening. The Export-Import Bank offers loan guarantees and other assistance to the foreign customers of American exporters. The authorization for the bank ran out on June 30.
As was the case with Cruz expect the reaction from fellow GOP members to be swift. A reading of the motion outlines a history of “missteps” by the speaker with conservatives often being left out of the discussion on major issues, and being penalized when they voice their opposition to establishment Republicans. Meadows clearly has had enough, and for that Meadows needs to be commended.