Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King hinted in an interview Monday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) could be unseated due to his stance on immigration reform.
When questioned about the House Speaker’s performance and asked if he could be replaced in the next election in an interview with Newsmax, King responded, “John Boehner has been stronger throughout this partial shutdown and the debt ceiling than most everybody thought he would be. He did serve to unify the conference better than I thought.”
He continued: “We’ll have to see how the future issues play out. For example, if immigration comes before the House, it would be the most divisive thing that could be brought up by Republicans in the House. Then I would have a different answer to that question.”
This is not the first time that King and Boehner have butted heads on immigration, reported the Huffington Post.
Boehner has said that while he hopes to pass other measures, he would allow a vote on the Senate’s bill. King opposes passing any immigration reform legislation in the House that could be combined with a Senate bill.
In July, King caused a stir when he compared young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States when they were children to drug mules.
“What he said does not represent the values of the American people or the Republican Party,” Boehner said at the time, quickly expressing his opposition to King’s language and telling reporters that it had made reform more difficult for Republicans.
President Obama said Tuesday before a closed-door meeting that he estimated he and supporters had enough votes to pass the immigration reform bill in the House, reported The Blaze.
“The politics have been challenging for the Speaker of the House and we want to make this as easy for him as possible,” he said. “This is not an issue where we are looking for a political win. This is one where we are looking for a substantive win.”
Obama did not specify if making things “as easy as possible” would mean compromising on certain provisions of the bill the Senate passed this summer.