A conservative member of the US House of Representatives
filed a motion on Tuesday to try to oust fellow Republican John Boehner
from his leadership position, saying he was tired of a "punitive culture" against dissidents in the lawmaking body.
It is unlikely the motion by Representative Mark Meadows
to remove Boehner as Speaker of the House will pass or even come to a vote, but it highlights the friction within the Republican Party ahead of a presidential election in 2016.Meadows is a second-term lawmaker from North Carolina
and a member of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservatives who often are at odds with Boehner. Recently they have disagreed on whether the Export-Import Bank, a government export credit agency, should be continued. Conservatives are trying to kill the bank; Boehner supports it.
Recently a committee chairman, presumably acting on orders of Boehner, stripped Meadows of his subcommittee chairmanship after Meadows and a number of other conservatives voted against a procedural motion during a heated trade debate in June.