The Constitution Does Not Require the Speaker Be an Elected Member of Congress

The Constitution Does Not Require the Speaker Be an Elected Member of Congress

As Rumors Swirl Around the Speakers Ouster, Conservatives Need to Remember that the Constitution does not require that the Speaker be an elected Member of Congress, but no non-member has ever been elected to the office. Knowing this, I think it’s time we “Think Outside of the Box” and elect a new speaker from outside of congress…

Non-Member Speaker

From FoxNews:

John Boehner could be in for a fight Thursday when the newly seated House votes for the next speaker, with conservatives grumbling about his leadership and a report surfacing about a supposed plan to challenge him.

The 11-term congressman, who’s endured his share of political turbulence, presumably enters the election with the upper hand. So far, a single viable Republican challenger has not emerged and the rules of the vote tend to work in Boehner’s favor.

But Boehner’s potential troubles were compounded by a late-night flare up with outraged northeast lawmakers over a decision by the speaker to postpone a vote on an aid package for Superstorm Sandy victims.

For the near term, the speaker appears to have weathered those complaints, assuring members in a closed-door meeting Wednesday afternoon they will vote by Jan. 15. Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., who initially described the postponement as a “betrayal” and threatened to abstain from voting for Boehner, said after the meeting he would back Boehner.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who earlier lashed out at the GOP leadership in a string of interviews and remarks, said the same.

But a spate of other flare-ups over the past several days and weeks among House Republicans has stoked threats about resistance — or at least some drama — Thursday. Conservatives were already miffed that Boehner, early on in talks over the fiscal crisis, had agreed to new revenue. Boehner suffered another blow two weeks ago when his “Plan B” fiscal bill failed to garner enough Republican backers. But the final fiscal-crisis bill, which arrived from the Senate early Tuesday morning, ultimately garnered thin support from the GOP ranks. While Boehner and 84 other Republicans voted for it, 151 Republicans opposed it — more Democrats than Republicans voted for the bill.

 

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