Conservative Congressman Explains Why He WON’T Vote for Boehner as House Majority Leader

I am no fan of House leader John Boehner (R-OH). In fact, I’d put him to the left of even incoming Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who ain’t perfect… but at least he’s not John Boehner. Both men are startlingly bad choices to lead the conservative party, but I guess that’s fitting because the GOP just isn’t that conservative.

Which is why I love hearing from principled politicians like Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Representatives Justin Amash (R-MI), Thomas Massie (R-KY)… and Republican Congressman Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma.

Congressman Bridenstine just penned a letter explaining why he WON’T be voting for John Boehner as the House majority leader on January 6th, and I wish every Republican member of the House would read it. I wish they would all read it and recognize that the GOP has wandered away from the promises they’ve made us time and again on the campaign trail. I wish they’d read it and say, “We can’t say one thing when we campaign and then do the opposite when we legislate… it’s just not right! We have to do what we told voters we would do!”

I’m not optimistic enough to believe that the GOP will realize the errors of their ways and return to us on the right… but I think you should read Rep. Bridenstine’s letter too. At the very least, it will help remind you what a good Republican really looks like…

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Jim BridenstineThe day after Republicans won the largest majority in the House of Representatives in almost 100 years and won a significant majority in the Senate, our liberal activist President claimed to hear the voices of all the people who didn’t vote.  It was another example of stunning obstinacy from this President.

It seemed Democrats were melting down, Republicans were unified, and all we had to do was buy enough time to get our Republican reinforcements to Washington in January.

Like President Obama, Speaker Boehner must have heard voices that didn’t vote.  Together they crafted the CR/Omnibus, a $1.1 trillion spending bill which funded the government for 10 months and blocked our newest elected Republicans from advancing conservative policy and delivering on campaign promisesWith this vote, Republicans gave away the best tool available to rein in our liberal activist President: the power of the purse.  The power of the purse is Congress’ Constitutional strength.

For the next 10 months, the CR/Omnibus will fulfill Obama’s ambition of creating an even larger constituency of dependency on Obamacare. The President’s goal has always been to create as much dependency as possible before enforcing the destructive employer mandate.  The CR/Omnibus hands the liberals that victory.  This is unconscionable after watching the campaign rhetoric that won such decisive victories for the GOP.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations expire in February, when Republicans will supposedly fight to defund the illegal amnesty plan created by the President.  Does anybody believe that President Obama is concerned about Republicans not funding DHS?  Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have already sued the Administration for not allowing them to enforce the law. 

The Constitution requires the President to faithfully execute the laws of the United States.  He has refused to enforce the laws on border security, Obamacare, illicit drugs, and the release of detained terrorists.  His activism in his last two years has accelerated to include executive amnesty, initiating international climate deals without a treaty, and establishing an embassy in Cuba without consulting Congress.  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.

The CR/Omnibus legislation sufficiently undermines the checks and balances enshrined in the Constitution that it warrants my pending vote against the Speaker.  Speaker Boehner went too far when he teamed with Obama to advance this legislation.  He relinquished the power of the purse, and with it he lost my vote.

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