Days before the U.S. House is planning to adjourn for its month-long recess, Speaker John Boehner is facing yet another challenge from the right. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., today filed a motion to remove Boehner as speaker.
Meadows’ “motion to vacate the chair” accuses Boehner of trying to “consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of the 435 members of Congress and the people they represent.” Meadows would need a majority of the House to strip Boehner of the speakership.
“There are millions of Americans who know there is something drastically wrong with the way things happen in Washington, D.C.,” Meadows told talk radio host Mark Levin. “Hopefully, my colleagues will see that there’s something inherently wrong with the leadership that we have and it’s time for a change.”
Last month, Meadows was temporarily removed from his subcommittee chairmanship by a Boehner ally, Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. Chaffetz punished Meadows for voting against a procedural motion to advance President Obama’s trade bill. Days later, Chaffetz was forced to reverse his decision when a majority of Republicans on the committee voiced their support for Meadows to retain the subcommittee role.