Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina filed a motion on Tuesday to oust House Speaker John Boehner from his position.
Meadows’ motion for Boehner to “vacate the chair” comes in the middle of an ongoing feud between conservatives in the House and the Speaker. The tension intensified after leadership in the House moved to “punish Members who vote according to their conscience” instead of how he wants them to vote, according to Meadows.
Meadows in particular was stripped of his Oversight subcommittee chairmanship after voting against a trade package measure, The Hill reported.
“Every time defenders of freedom need a leader, John Boehner has failed us,” FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon said.
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FreedomWorks is one of many conservative groups to support Meadows' motion.
“It’s time to remove Boehner from the speakership before it’s too late to pass bold reforms," Brandon added. "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.”
According to Meadows, the motion was filed to spark a “discussion” about House leadership and not intended to force a vote to remove Boehner.
“It’s really more about trying to have a conversation on making this place work, where everybody’s voice matters, where there’s not a punitive culture,” he said.
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