Tea party champion Rep. Mark Meadows filed a motion Tuesday to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner from his leadership post, escalating the feud between a faction of conservative lawmakers and the Republican leadership.
Mr. Meadows, North Carolina Republican, filed a motion to “vacate the chair,” which could force a no-confidence vote by the full chamber and result in the removal of Mr. Boehner as speaker.
In the resolution, Mr. Meadows says Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, “has endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of the 435 Members of Congress and the people they represent.”
The Meadows resolution says Mr. Boehner has caused the Congress to “atrophy,” making it “subservient” to the executive and judicial branches.
Conservatives long have urged a coup against Mr. Boehner, who they view as too eager to make deals with Democrats and unwilling to go to the mat fighting for conservative principles.
“Every time defenders of freedom need a leader, John Boehner has failed us,” said FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon. “It’s time to remove Boehner from the speakership before it’s too late to pass bold reforms. Under his speakership, the Republican-controlled House has allowed taxes and spending to increase, and their agenda revolves more about pleasing lobbyists than standing on principle. It’s time to end the Boehner Blunder.”
Mr. Meadows‘ resolution appeared to catch the entire House Republican leadership team by surprise, although the trouble between conservatives and the GOP leadership has been brewing for months.
David Bossie, president of the conservative activist group Citizens United, gave voice to the anti-Boehner movement in an op-ed Monday on Brietbart.com.
“After three election cycles and more than four and a half years, grassroots conservatives have grown tired of waiting for [Mr. Boehner] to pass the conservative agenda he’s repeatedly promised,” wrote Mr. Bossie.
“Because of Boehner’s failure of leadership and a track record of broken promises, conservatives are ready for new leadership in the U.S. House now,” Mr. Bossie wrote. “Maybe newly empowered conservatives like Congressman Meadows will lead a revolt and finally take back the people’s House.”