Fed up with constant compromising in the conservative agenda, a North Carolina Republican is officially trying to kick House Speaker John Boehner out of power.
In a move that took Boehner and his allies in the GOP leadership by surprise, Rep. Mark Meadows late Tuesday introduced a motion to “vacate the chair,” a parliamentary procedure that would declare Boehner has forfeited the speaker’s seat by serious misuse of power.
Meadows offered the motion just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, a day before the House breaks for its five-week summer recess, Politico reported.
Few expect the motion to pass, though it still sent Boehner and his leadership allies into a “frenzy,” Politico reported.
“It’s really more about trying to have a conversation about making this place work,” Meadows told Politico. “Hopefully, we’ll have some discussions about that in the days and weeks to come. It’s more about having an inclusive process where you have debate on a regular basis, where you have open dialogue and an exchange of ideas.
“That’s what this is all about. This body is driven on debate and on the work on committees … and those bills or legislations should be debated based on the merit.”
Meadows, a two-term congressman who has a history of confrontation with the House speaker, told reporters that his issue with Boehner wasn’t personal but “procedural-driven.” He said he hopes the resolution doesn’t have to come to a vote.
“What I’m hopeful for is this provides the impetus to have a discussion, a family discussion, where we can start talking about how we can make sure that every voice, every vote matters and really about representing the American people,” he said. “I want to make sure that everyone is treated fairly.”
According to Politico the initial response to the move has not been too kind.
Republican Study Chairman Bill Flores of Texas called the move a “cheap political stunt.” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said “when you don’t raise any money, and you need a way to raise money, you do gimmicks like this.”
But Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), who has repeatedly voted against Boehner, said there’s a lot of “dissatisfaction with the leadership.”
Meadows appeared on the Mark Levin radio program later in the day to discuss the motion in detail.
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