Last week conservative congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) undertook what may be the most important thing he’s ever done in Washington. Meadows is attempting to unseat John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the House. Boehner has presided over one of the most abusive (against conservatives) sessions of Republican leadership in Congress in recent history. The GOP owns strong majorities in both the Senate and the House, yet most of the legislation passing through both chambers seems more akin to Democrat policy than Republican policy.
In an effort to change this terrible trend, conservatives in the House are endeavoring to overthrow the current leadership and to replace them with conservatives. Now Meadows has gotten word that he won’t be going it alone. Conservative Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has joined the fight and will be working to help Meadows finally rid us of Boehner and his gang of moderates.
Do you agree with the Meadows resolution? I do, and that’s why I have decided to co-sponsor. Here is the text of H.Res. 385:
“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 decisionmaking, 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.”