ALERT! Massie won’t vote for Boehner for Speaker

Massie wont' vote Boehner for Speaker

“For years I watched Washington from afar and suspected that something was broken.”

This is a sentiment we hear often from individuals who run for Congress. They see a broken system, and then run on a platform that promises to change the business-as-usual politics within the halls of Congress. More often than not, these same members fall in-line with with the leadership of their party and forget their real reasons for running.

Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie likens this change in behavior as Members being attacked by zombies. Once they’re bitten with the “big government, go-along-to-get-along” bug, they’re lost forever.

Thankfully, not all members have chosen to blindly follow the leadership of their party. Some Members have decided to put party aside and vote based on their convictions. Massie is one such Congressman.

In a recent press release sent out today, Congressman Massie indicated that he would not be voting to re-elect John Boehner as Speaker of the House in the coming weeks.

This came just days after Massie tweeted a picture, likely a veiled jab at the Speaker:

In today’s press release, Congressman Massie issued just a few of the reasons he will not be voting to re-elect Speaker Boehner:

• 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.

In addition to all these reasons, there have been rumblings that some Members believe Speaker Boehner deserves to be held accountable for passage of the CROmnibus during the lame duck session last year. Additionally, Congressman Massie, along with Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), put forth a bill that would ban the NSA’s ability to perform warrantless searches of Americans’ communications. This was one of the few bills that received an overwhelming amount of support from both Republicans and Democrats — something that has rarely happened during the Obama presidency.

However, during the CROmnibus negotiations, Congressional leadership stripped the amendment from the final bill. While we don’t know exactly who stripped the bill of this amendment, we do know that House leadership has stayed mum on why it was stripped, and that they probably didn’t put up much of fight to keep it in the bill.

With surveillance reform being a real issue that a majority of Americans want to see action on in the coming year, it is imperative that we have a Speaker that supports these efforts.

In addition to Congressman Massie, Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) also indicated that he will not vote to re-elect Speaker Boehner. Upset over the way the CROmnibus spending package came to fruition, Congressman Bridenstine sees no reason to re-elect a speaker that has failed to uphold his obligation to the constitution:

“When our Constitution is under assault and House Republicans give away our Constitutional power of the purse, they share the guilt of abandoning our founding principles,”

While it is unlikely that Congressman Boehner will lose his position as Speaker, it is refreshing to see some Members challenge the House leadership and refuse to kowtow to their every wish.

29 Republicans must abstain or cast their votes for someone else on the first ballot to put Boehner’s Speakership on alert. The Speaker’s election will be held later next week.

UPDATE: Florida Republican Ted Yoho announced on Facebook he would join Thomas Massie and Jim Bridenstine in opposing John Boehner’s candidacy for Speaker of the House.

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