Vote for the Speaker of the House will occur on Tuesday for the newly sworn in Congress. The current Speaker of the House, Ohio’s Congressman John Boehner, has found himself with opposition in the Speaker race. This is an insider game, but with an understanding of the rules and the effect that a small minority of Congressman can have on the process it is worth a look.
Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie has taken the lead, organizing an opposition in the Republican vote for Speaker. Congressman Massie sites many problems with the leadership of Congressman Boehner in a press release on Saturday. ““For years I watched Washington from afar and suspected that something was broken. Why is it that so many people approve of their congressman, yet they consistently disapprove of Congress? During my first two years as a congressman I discovered a significant source of the dysfunction. I watched the House Leadership:
- Schedule a fiscal crisis in a lame duck session on the last legislative day before Christmas to get maximum leverage over rank and file members,
- Mislead members into thinking that a vote on an unpopular bill was postponed, only to then conduct a rushed voice vote on the $10 billion unfunded spending measure with fewer than a dozen members present,
- Give members less than 72 hours to read bills over 1,000 pages long, and
- Remove members from committees simply because they voted for the principles upon which they campaigned.
More from Congressman Massie, “With a process this broken, is it any wonder that Washington no longer works for the people? My constituents expect better and America deserves better. On January 6th, 2015, I will vote for a new Speaker who will consistently articulate a constitutional vision for America and facilitate an inclusive and orderly legislative process that allows Congress to truly reflect the will of the people.”
Over the weekend several key Congressman have come out expressing support for new leadership in the House. Former House Majority Whip Candidate Marlin Stutzman, newly elected Congressman Dave Brat, veteran Congressman Steve King and several others have expressed that they will not vote for Congressman John Boehner as Speaker of the House.
There are many myths going around about the election of a new Speaker. Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz busts these myths.
It only takes 29 members of Congress to not vote for Congressman John Boehner to make a change in the Republican Leadership. “If 29 members vote for someone other than Boehner, the process goes to a second ballot and a brokered conference meeting. That is where conservatives’ leverage begins to negotiate concessions from the inevitable litany of people who will toss their hat into the ring.” Giving conservative members a seat at the table of leadership is the main goal. The power in government comes from what bills are put on the floor of the House and what bills are worked on in committees. This power is decided on during the leadership and Speaker vote.
Many members are hearing false rumors about what will happen if they don’t vote as a block. “Myth: Not voting for Boehner can help elect Pelosi as Speaker. FACT. The winner needs an outright majority of those present and voting, which will be roughly 218. Pelosi will never receive more than 188 votes, the number of Democrats in her conference.” There will not be a Speaker Pelosi in this Congress. The Republican members will not vote for her.
The main goal is gaining ground on the leadership. “Myth: “We might get someone worse in a brokered conference. FACT. Although conservatives lack the votes to definitively ensure that a rock-star conservative wins the speakership, the same 29 people can veto other unacceptable choices, if one does in fact exist.”
Learn more about this process from the Heritage Foundation.
Call your Republican member of Congress today and see where they stand on the Speaker race. The vote is Tuesday.
1 Chabot, Steve 202-225-2216
2 Wenstrup, Brad 202-225-3164
4 Jordan, Jim 202-225-2676
5 Latta, Robert E. 202-225-6405
6 Johnson, Bill 202-225-5705
7 Gibbs, Bob 202-225-6265
10 Turner, Michael 202-225-6465
12 Tiberi, Pat 202-225-5355
14 Joyce, David 202-225-5731
15 Stivers, Steve 202-225-2015
16 Renacci, Jim 202-225-3876