FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2012 — American Majority Action (AMA) has suggested Speaker John Boehner resign after his embarrassing failure to pass his “Plan B” fiscal cliff bill.
Speaker Boehner killed the planned 7:30 p.m. vote last night when he realized that AMA and other groups had succeeded in holding enough conservative members to defeat the measure. AMA has been leading the charge against Boehner since he removed four conservatives from their committee placements and started pushing tax increases as a solution to the fiscal cliff.
AMA and the conservative House members who dissented last night believed Plan B would have let taxes increase on job creators, while doing statistically nothing to fix America’s debt problem.
Ned Ryun, President and CEO of AMA, said, “Speaker Boehner embarrassed the Conservative Movement yesterday by pushing a plan which AMA told him he didn’t have the votes to pass. After the 2012 election, conservatives must take this opportunity to define the direction of our movement–and proposing a plan Pelosi wanted just months ago isn’t the solution.”
Ron Meyer, Press Secretary and Spokesman for AMA, said, “Speaker Boehner lost more than 35 votes last night, and the #FireBoehner movement needs only half that number to force him out of office January 3. He should save the Republican Party the embarrassment of a public leadership battle and resign.”
“The world might not have ended today, but Speaker Boehner’s power is at an end. It’s time to make room for fresh leadership and a new approach to governing,” Meyer added.
AMA speculated that without Boehner’s resignation, no fiscal cliff deal will be agreed to until after the January 3 election for Speaker. “Speaker Boehner’s leadership has been discredited, and now he’ll procrastinate on preventing the fiscal cliff until he can re-secure power,” Ryun said. “Our country’s economy deserves better than to be held hostage by Speaker Boehner’s last cling to power.”
Speaker Boehner is holding a press conference at 10:00 a.m.
Ned Ryun and Ron Meyer are available to speak to the press. To contact them, call (804)867-7832.
American Majority Action is a national conservative organization dedicated to engaging citizens in the political process by mobilizing them in support of candidates who favor limited government, individual freedom and protecting the free market. AMA is founded on the belief that citizen engagement at the local, state and Federal levels will foster needed systemic change to preserve the American dream.