Dethrone Boehner? Talk of Coup Spreads Over Reports Boehner Cut Amnesty Deal with Pelosi

Dethrone Boehner? Talk of Coup Spreads Over Reports Boehner Cut Amnesty Deal with Pelosi

It’s no secret that Speaker of the House John Boehner is significantly lacking in conservative credentials. However, according to a new report by BizPac Review, a rebellion may soon be mounted to attempt to oust the spineless leader of the House GOP.

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Rumors that House Speaker John Boehner has cut a deal with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to allow a vote on a clean funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security has put the Ohio Republican’s job in peril.

Some talk is floating around Capitol Hill that the conservative wing may try to oust its own party leader.

Congress passed a stopgap measure late Friday to continue funding Homeland Security for one week, with Democratic support reportedly hinging on Boehner’s promise to allow a vote next week on a long-term funding bill that makes no mention of stopping President Obama’s overreaching executive amnesty, according to Fox News.

Neither side has confirmed that such a deal exists.

Conservative lawmakers are part of a 50-plus member coalition called the Freedom Caucus, according to Fox News, and they insist on using the power of the purse, through a Homeland Security funding bill, to defund what they see as Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty efforts.

And they appear to be running out of patience with Boehner.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., clearly no friend of the Freedom Caucus, offered some validity to rumors of a possible Boehner removal effort.

“Right now, we have to get serious, I think a lot of people better get serious about governing, and it’s time for all of these, you know, D.C. games to end,” he said, according to CNN. “I mean all these palace coups or whatever the hell is going on around here has to end, and we have to get down to business of governing.”

Any effort to unseat Boehner would be unprecedented, and while the process is less than clear, Fox News reported that members “could write a ‘privileged’ resolution declaring that the speakership is vacant. The House would then vote on that motion or possibly vote to table or kill it.”

The process is described in Jefferson’s Manual, a key resource governing House operations and written by Thomas Jefferson 214 years ago that is still used today.

Staunch conservatives rebelled against Boehner in January during speaker elections, but they could only muster 25 defections. Several alternatives emerged but failed to attract significant support, with U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., drawing the second-most votes with 12.

Whether this is the beginning of the end for Boehner or not, such talks signify that principled conservatives are at least looking for options to obtain real leadership in the Speaker position, and that’s a step in the right direction.

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