Statesman is the word of the day

In Government Reforms on January 5, 2015 at 6:23 pm

Statesman is the word of the Day:112th Congress Convenes On Capitol Hill


These Congressmen offering themselves as conservative alternatives to Speaker Boehner are Reps. Ted Yoho and Congressman Louie Gohmert:  Statesman is the word of the day!  With choice comes discussion.  From open discussion comes options and new ideas.  Speaker Boehner has not offered choices or real options.  Call and let your Congressman or Congresswomen know your choice today.

Statesman is the word of the Day: These men have put themselves on the line, the Republican machine will seek to punish them if they are not successful.   They will find bills they try to pass, blocked by committee, they will not be given assignments on committees that are beneficial to their districts if they are unsuccessful.   Show your support and Call your Congress man today.

The following is a reprint from Congressman Louie Gohmert

“Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding his decision to buck the status quo and challenge John Boehner in the race for House Speaker:

“After the November elections gave Republicans control of the Senate, voters made clear they wanted change.  There have been numerous examples of problematic Republican leadership, but we were hopeful our leaders got the voters’ message. However, after our Speaker forced through the CRomnibus by passing it with Democratic votes and without time to read it, it seemed clear that we needed new leadership. There had been much discussion. But, until yesterday, no one had stepped up.

I applaud my friend Rep. Ted Yoho for putting his name forward as an alternative to the status quo. Ted is a good man for whom I could vote, but I have heard from many supporters and also friends in Congress who have urged me to put forward my name for Speaker as well to increase our chances of change. That is why I am also offering my name as a candidate for Speaker.

There is false information being floated that any Republican candidates in addition to the current Speaker will split the vote and give the Speaker’s gavel to Congresswoman Pelosi. This is nothing but a scare tactic to keep the current regime in power.

As long as Republicans vote for an adult American citizen for Speaker, no Democrat can win. Only if 59 Republicans voted “Present” would there be a chance for a Democrat to win.

To win the Speaker’s race, an adult American citizen has to get a clear majority of all Members of Congress on the House floor voting for an eligible person.  Voting “Present” simply reduces the number of votes required to win a majority. If no one wins a majority on the first ballot, then we go to a second vote, then a third, until someone gets a majority.

At this point, the Speaker’s election is not about a particular candidate. It is about whether we keep the status quo or make the change the country demands. I am putting forward my name for consideration as Speaker and hope that with a new Speaker, be that me or someone else, we can fight for the ideals and principles that the voters wanted when they elected us in November.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals”


Statesman is the word of the day

Reprinted from Congressman Ted Yoho:

In a daring move just days before the next election for House speaker, Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., today offered himself as an alternative to incumbent Speaker John Boehner, the party establishment’s choice.

Boehner, who has served as speaker since 2011, will likely face his first formal challenge from a member of his own party on Tuesday when lawmakers convene for the 114th Congress. The Daily Signal has learned Yoho is one of several Republicans weighing a run for speaker.

“The American people have allowed us to choose who is best suited to lead the House by electing a deep bench of diverse and qualified members,” Yoho said in a Facebook message. “Our Republic is built on choice, and if needed, I would stand up to give our members that option.”

A formal challenge to Boehner sets up different dynamic than two years ago when a dozen conservative lawmakers cast protest votes against the Ohio Republican even though there were no other declared candidates. Now, Yoho gives Republicans an option besides Boehner.

In a statement provided to The Daily Signal tonight, Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said, “Rep. Boehner was selected as the House Republican Conference’s choice for speaker in November, and he expects to be elected by the whole House next week.”

In order to retain the speakership, Boehner will need 218 votes—a majority of House members. That means no more than 29 Republicans can defect.

Democrats will nominate Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California as their candidate for speaker. But unless Republicans abstain or cast their votes for Pelosi, she will be unable to reach a majority. Republicans outnumber Democrats 246 to 188 following the resignation of New York Republican Michael Grimm last week.

The U.S. Constitution allows for the election of a House speaker at the beginning of each Congress. The winning candidate needs a majority—not plurality—to be elected.

For conservatives to deny Boehner a majority, Yoho or other GOP members—some of whom might not announce their intentions until Tuesday—would need the support of at least 29 fellow Republicans. If Boehner fails to achieve a majority on the first ballot, the House would continue to vote on subsequent ballots until a winner has a majority.

Yoho was first elected to Congress in 2012 to represent northern Florida after narrowly defeating long-time Rep. Cliff Stearns in the Republican primary. He cruised to victory that November and was re-elected last year. He has a Heritage Action score of 72 percent.

This week, two Republicans publicly signaled their opposition to Boehner: Reps. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma and Thomas Massie of Kentucky released statements over the past two days saying they wouldn’t support Boehner.

“The CR/omnibus legislation sufficiently undermines the checks and balances enshrined in the Constitution that it warrants my pending vote against the speaker,” Bridenstine wrote for The Daily Signal. “John 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.”

Bridenstine praised Yoho for offering himself as an alternative to Boehner.

“The idea that John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi are the only two alternatives is incorrect,” Bridenstine said. “Now we have a real choice. Members must decide if they are for the status quo or for a change in direction.”

Massie, meanwhile, cited “dysfunction” under Boehner’s watch as the reason for his opposition to the Ohio Republican.

“My constituents expect better and America deserves better,” Massie wrote in a statement. “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.”

Several other Republicans, including six who were elected in November, voiced support for an alternative to Boehner during their campaigns. They include Reps.-elect Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin, Jody Hice and Barry Loudermilk of Georgia, Gary Palmer of Alabama, John Ratcliffe of Texas, and Mark Walker of North Carolina.

In addition to Bridenstine and Massie, other Republicans opposed Boehner for speaker two years ago. Those currently still in the House include Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, Walter Jones of North Carolina, and Steve Pearce of New Mexico. Yoho also opposed Boehner in 2013.

Two other Republican lawmakers, Reps. Raul Labrador of Idaho and Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, voted present in 2013.

Last year, The Hill identified at least three others who could oppose Boehner: Reps. Paul Gosar and Matt Salmon of Arizona, and Steve King of Iowa.

Statesman is the word of the day: call and let your voice be heard.  Options and views in an open democracy.


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