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As of Monday, ten House Republicans were expected to vote against John Boehner (R-Ohio) for House Speaker, and more GOP defections were possible before Tuesday’s election.
The ten that have come out against Boehner have said for years that Congress needs to change the way it operates, and believe that passage of the $1.1 trillion spending bill last month was just the latest example of how Congress has failed to tackle the big issues. In addition to giving members just a few days to read the giant bill, many GOP members blasted the bill for continuing to fund Obamacare, and doing nothing to stop President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.
Boehner’s effort to deny members a vote on these issues last month gave several members a reason to declare against Boehner’s candidacy, including two who have put forward their names as alternative candidates:
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) — Gohmert has long criticized the last-minute compromises that Boehner has struck, including those that GOP leaders have tried to move quickly for a vote. Earlier this year, Gohmert vowed to more closely watch over all activities on the House floor to ensure members know what they’re voting on.
“At this point, the Speaker’s election is not about a particular candidate. It is about whether we keep the status quo or make the change the country demands. I am putting forward my name for consideration as Speaker and hope that with a new Speaker, be that me or someone else, we can fight for the ideals and principles that the voters wanted when they elected us in November.”
Justin Amash (R-Mich.) — “Republican conference rules limit chairmen to six years in their offices to promote fresh thinking and new priorities,” he said on Facebook. “We should apply those same principles to all our party’s leaders.”
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