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Yes, We Can Get Rid Of Feckless Speaker John Boehner

Principled limited government constitutional conservative Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11) late Tuesday filed a Meadows Boehnermotion to try to oust John Boehner from the Speaker's chair.

Called a “motion to vacate the chair,” the move represents, as Politico’s Thomas Geoghegan put it, “a new level of opposition to GOP leadership from the conservative wing of the House Republican Conference.”

Here is the full text of the Resolution:


Declaring the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives vacant.

Whereas the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 114th Congress has endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of the 435 Members of Congress and the people they represent;

Whereas 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;

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;

Whereas the Speaker has intentionally provided for voice votes on consequential and controversial legislation to be taken without notice and with few Members present;

Whereas the Speaker uses the legislative calendar to create crises for the American People, in order to compel Members to vote for legislation;

Whereas the Speaker does not comply with the spirit of the rules of the House of Representatives, which provide that Members shall have three days to review legislation before voting;

Whereas the Speaker continues to direct the Rules Committee to limit meaningful amendments, to limit debate on the House floor, and to subvert a straightforward legislative process; and

Whereas the House of Representatives, to function effectively in the service of all citizens of this country, requires the service of a Speaker who will endeavor to follow an orderly and inclusive process without imposing his or her will upon any Member thereof:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved,

That the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives is hereby declared to be vacant.

The motion can be postponed for several days before consideration. According to inside sources on Capitol Hill the motion in its current form can also easily be buried by Boehner and his supporters. However, getting a quick vote may not be Representative Meadows' goal.

As Politico’s Geoghegan noted, if Rep. Meadows wanted a vote in the next two legislative days, he could simply stand up and ask for one. If he did that, the motion would be considered “privileged,” which would make it the immediate business of the House.

Instead, sources say Meadows plans to allow Boehner to bury the motion and then circulate a “discharge petition” over the August recess.

Such a strategy would make Boehner’s failed Speakership the main topic of conversation during the August recess, a traditional time when Members host increasingly rare live town hall meetings or hit the civic club circuit in their Districts.

Boehner’s allies were caught flatfooted by Congressman Meadows’ move and quickly resorted to trashing Meadows to the media.

Boehner ally and Republican Study Chairman Bill Flores of Texas told Politico the move was a “cheap political stunt.” Another Boehner ally, outspoken amnesty supporter Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-22) told Politico “when you don’t raise any money, and you need a way to raise money you do gimmicks like this.”

Fellow North Carolinian Walter Jones, who has repeatedly voted against Boehner, was, however, not in the least dismissive of Meadows’ effort saying there’s a lot of “dissatisfaction with the leadership.”

Getting rid of Speaker Boehner is not a new idea. As Washington Times writers S.A. Miller and Tom Howell Jr. pointed out, “Conservatives long have urged a coup against Boehner, who they view as too eager to make deals with Democrats and unwilling to go to the mat fighting for conservative principles.”

Still, the maneuver attempted by Meadows is extremely difficult to pull off because, as Miller and Howell noted, it would require majority support of the full chamber — including Democrats — to succeed. And Democrats did nothing in January when another conservative coup was mounted against Boehner – indeed some indicated they would vote to save Boehner’s Speakership rather than let the gavel fall into the hands of a committed conservative.

Outside of Capitol Hill the conservative blogosphere was on fire with the notion that the feckless Boehner might actually be removed as Speaker. Get rid of Boehner and "Make America AMERICA again" was the battle cry of one noted conservative activist.

Conservatives who wish to join CHQ’s effort to help Rep. Meadows should call their Representative at 1-866-220-0044 and demand that he or she support Meadows’ motion to vacate the Chair. To make it simple to let your Representative know that you want John Boehner removed as Speaker of the House, we urge you to sign our petition to second Rep. Meadows’ motion to vacate the Chair. We will forward it to your Representative on your behalf.

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A real one-world phony. Has to use the "R" behind his name to get elected in his Ohio district. Everyone knows he is a drunk and an Obama-backer. Him and Mitch McConnell, along with Obama, have practically destroyed the country.

Boehner should have been gone, LONG AGO.

Thanks to Rep. Meadows. There are yet some w/ guts
enough to stand up to this dictatorship.
Hopefully, there are enough "strong" Reps. that will
stand w/ Rep. Meadows and rid the Repub. party of this