Back in June 2015, Rep. Mark Meadows was removed from his subcommittee chairmanship. Boehner & Co. decided that they could not have a congressman who votes his conscience and for his constituents as a chairman. At issue was Rep. Meadows’ vote against the Trade Promotion Authority Rule vote which is the vote that allows the bill to be debated on the floor. Like many other conservatives, he decided to be bi-partisan on this issue and work with Democrats to demand an open-amendment process where the people and not just the big corporations could have a say. In addition, Rep. Meadows has refused to give money to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) which happily gives money to RINOs while denying funds to conservative members. So leadership decided they have had enough. But thanks to the strong number of conservative representatives that conservatives across the country like LLPH members have sent in 2010, 2012, and 2014, we were able to demand that Boehner & Co. give Rep. Meadows back his chairmanship, and they finally agreed.
In August 2015, Rep. Meadows brought the a resolution to vacate the chair to the floor. This resolution would remove Speaker Boehner from the Speakership. Here is the resolution that Rep. Meadows led in writing and offering to the House:
Declaring the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives vacant.
Whereas the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 114th Congress has endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision making, bypassing the majority of the 435 Members of Congress and the people they represent;
Whereas the Speaker has, through inaction, caused the power of Congress to atrophy, thereby making Congress subservient to the executive and judicial branches, diminishing the voice of the American people;
Whereas the Speaker uses the power of the office to punish Members who vote according to their conscience instead of the will of the Speaker;
Whereas the Speaker has intentionally provided for voice votes on consequential and controversial legislation to be taken without notice and with few Members present;
Whereas the Speaker uses the legislative calendar to create crises for the American people, in order to compel Members to vote for legislation;
Whereas the Speaker does not comply with the spirit of the rules of the House of Representatives, which provide that Members shall have three days to review legislation before voting;
Whereas the Speaker continues to direct the Rules Committee to limit meaningful amendments, to limit debate on the House floor, and to subvert a straightforward legislative process; and
Whereas the House of Representatives, to function effectively in the service of all citizens of this country, requires the service of a Speaker who will endeavor to follow an orderly and inclusive process without imposing his or her will upon any Member thereof: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives is hereby declared to be vacant.
Rep. Mark Meadows was right when he offered the resolution, and it led to Speaker Boehner announcing on September 25, 2015, that he would resign from the Speakership and the House of Representatives. And this was all thanks to conservatives especially to the leadership of Rep. Mark Meadows.
A little bit more about Rep. Meadows before we explain the situation in his race. Rep. Meadows voted against both the Ryan-Murray Budget and the CRomnibus, two of the 1,000+ page bills that exemplify the problem of Washington D.C. He holds an A on LLPH’s scorecard.
Rep. Mark Meadows may potentially have a primary opponent. RINO leaders who are part of Boehner & Co. like Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC 10) are working to defeat him according to sources. The Hill reports,
Three senior GOP sources told The Hill they’ve heard Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) has reached out to Republicans in North Carolina’s 11th District to gauge their interest in launching a primary challenge against Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).
Meadows is a Tea Party favorite who generated national headlines this summer after floating a plan to depose Boehner. McHenry is the chief deputy whip and a member of Boehner’s leadership team.
“He has been actively working to recruit a challenger,” one source said of McHenry.
It is imperative that we defend Rep. Mark Meadows from these attacks by the big government liberal Republicans. You can watch the strong leadership of Rep. Mark Meadows at the Freedomworks 9/12 Summit here.
Therefore, LLPH is proud and honored to endorse a man of principle, a representative of the people, and a TRUE LIBERTY CONSERVATIVE Rep. Mark Meadows for re-election in 2016 to represent North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District in the 115th Congress!
It may be a tough fight. But LLPH will not leave our men behind, especially when they have stood by us during the toughest of fights.
Here is Rep. Meadows’ campaign website: http://meadowsforcongress.com/
Follow him on Twitter at: @VoteMeadows and LIKE him on Facebook HERE.
Let’s win this seat and keep it in the hands of liberty-loving conservatives.