Most GOP leaders were taken by surprise at the motion. Up till now, Meadows has taken very little actions against the Speaker, having voted against procedural motions and against Boehner for speaker. But now he’s suddenly gone for the jugular, stating that Boehner “has endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of the 435 Members of Congress and the people they represent.”
The motion accuses Boehner of crippling power of the legislative branch, “thereby making Congress subservient to the Executive and Judicial branches, diminishing the voice of the American People.”
There's an understatement.
The motion also states that Boehner used his position in the House to “punish Members who vote according to their conscience instead of the will of the Speaker.”
In June, GOP leaders fired Meadows from his subcommittee chairmanship, but outcry from conservatives caused them to restore it.
Fox News noted that the resolution could place Democrats in a difficult situation. Should they vote to keep Boehner even after they’ve clashed with him so many times? Or should they side with conservatives and help throw him out?
“Much like the Declaration of Independence, he’s laid a case against the crown,” talk-show host Mark Levin said on his show Tuesday evening. “He’s showing the institutional corruption of John Boehner.”
He continued, “John Boehner is Nancy Pelosi’s favorite Republican in the House of Representatives. So, while the Democrats should vote to remove John Boehner, many will vote to keep him because they like what he’s doing. They like what he’s doing to advance Obama’s agenda. We have a very brave member of Congress, Meadows, who has said enough is enough. I would encourage you to call your members of the House of Representatives and tell them to support Mark Meadows.”
Levin urged listeners to “overwhelm their phone lines,” “overwhelm their emails.”
In an interview with Levin, Meadows explained, “I felt like I had to take action on behalf of the American people. For all the millions of American who felt like we’re not accomplishing much in Washington, D.C., I felt like it was a move I had to make.”
Levin pointed out that Meadows would be punished for his actions.
“I am prepared for it,” Meadows said. “It’s not something I relish. It’s not something I want. I’ve already had a few discussions with some of my colleagues. … What it really gets down to, is if you’re not willing to stand up for the people who send you to Washington, D.C., why go? … If we’re allowing three or four people to make all the decisions, it’s wrong.”
Meadows said he has “an obligation” to make this move, and the “punishment is surely going to come, but it’s nothing compared to the sacrifices our Founding Fathers had to make.”
He added, “We have a rule book that has 13,008 pages of rules, and yet since I’ve been in Congress, I don’t know of one time where we’ve actually followed those rules.”