Senate Conservative Group Calls For Boehner’s Ouster As Speaker
February 11, 2014 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
WASHINGTON (UPI) — The Senate Conservatives Fund urged the ouster of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner after he scheduled a vote Tuesday on a “clean” debt-ceiling bill.
The House was expected to vote on the bill Tuesday evening.
The fund accused Boehner, R-Ohio, of “helping President Obama enact his liberal agenda,” The Hill reported. The group is hoping to recruit enough Republicans in the House to deny Boehner the Speaker’s post in January 2015.
“Instead of using the House majority to stop bad legislation, Speaker Boehner has used it to increase spending, raise the debt limit, increase taxes, pass a bloated farm bill, and fund the implementation of Obamacare. Instead of fighting for conservative principles, Speaker Boehner has repeatedly surrendered to the Democrats,” the fund said in a statement.
House leadership decided during a morning meeting to discard a bill that would have restored a cost-of-living raise for the military after the White House said raising the debt ceiling was not negotiable.
Boehner said Republican members would vote for a “clean” bill, but that Democratic support would have to assure its passage, The Washington Post reported.
Boehner’s decision to bring only the “clean” bill up for a vote was met with “stunned silence” by others at the meeting, The New York Times reported.
The bill will be voted on Tuesday night, as the House is scheduled to recess for two weeks on Wednesday, The Hill reported.
A separate vote will be held on the change to military retirement benefits, House leaders said.
Boehner had presented a plan Monday night that would have tied an increase to the debt ceiling to a reversal of cuts in military retirement benefits. The bill got no support from conservative Republicans and Republican leadership said support from Democratic members was unlikely.
Boehner’s change of mind shocked GOP members because it violated the speaker’s own “Boehner Rule” that increases in the debt ceiling had to be matched by equivalent cuts in the budget.
The President supported bipartisan efforts to reverse the military cuts, Gene B. Sperling, director of the White House National Economic Council, told reporters at a breakfast meeting.
However, he added, “I hope the tactic of threatening default for budget debates is over, off the table and never to happen again.”
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has said Congress must increase the Treasury’s borrowing authority or risk a U.S. default, beginning Feb. 27, on more than $17 trillion in Federal debt.