A conservative congressman from North Carolina on Tuesday filed a motion to oust Speaker John Boehner from his leadership position.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) filed a resolution to declare "the office of Speaker of House of Representatives vacant," effectively stripping Boehner from his Speakership.
Meadows says he ran decision to challenge Boehner "by several people, my wife and my kids. There were a variety of responses— Chad Pergram (@Chad Pergram) 1438124783.0
Meadows says if his effort to remove Boehner from Speakership is successful, he believes new Spkr "would be a Republican."— Chad Pergram (@Chad Pergram) 1438125929.0
The motion accused Boehner of having "endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of 435 Members of Congress and the people they represent."
It added, among other things, that "through inaction" the Ohio representative has made Congress "subservient to the Executive and Judicial branches."
Here's the entire Mark Meadows resolution to remove Boehner as Speaker. It's pretty brutal. http://t.co/xLqywV1brY http://t.co/5fs0zVtZdh— Matt Fuller (@Matt Fuller) 1438125381.0
The action to oust Boehner was referred to by seasoned congressional reporter Chad Pergram as an "unprecedented move."
Rep Mark Meadows (R-NC) taking unprecedented move to declare the chair vacant in effort to oust Boehner as Speaker— Chad Pergram (@Chad Pergram) 1438121091.0
Rollcall reporter Matt Fuller tweeted that members "seem stunned."
Members are just learning about this motion to vacate the chair — and they honestly seem stunned.— Matt Fuller (@Matt Fuller) 1438122278.0
However, because Meadows did not file the resolution as a "privileged" motion, it will be sent to the Rules committee instead of receiving an immediate vote.
It was not clear who exactly supported Meadows' resolution.
Meadows on effort to remove Boehner as Speaker: It is fearful when you have to do this..you have to work up the courage.— Chad Pergram (@Chad Pergram) 1438126089.0
Neither Boehner nor Meadows immediately responded to a request for comment from TheBlaze Tuesday evening.
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