Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty
 

Senate Conservative Group Calls For Boehner’s Ouster As Speaker

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.

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Senate Conservative Group Calls For Boehner’s Ouster As Speaker”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at newstips@personalliberty.com

Bottom
close[X]

Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to PersonalLiberty.com,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.