Calls for impeaching Speaker John Boehner were heard over the weekend. Some came from the right-wing Tea Party people who have no use for him. Others, come from American voters from all parties.
One smart voter suggested that the Speaker of the House is supposed to represent the entire House of Representatives. Let’s explore that idea.
True is that the Speaker of the House presides over the chamber. Did you know that the “speaker” does not have to be an elected member of the House of Representatives? The House could just as well bring in someone from outside the chamber if there were enough votes by both parties to elect her or him. Interesting isn’t it?
Yet, the Speaker is the second in the US presidential line of succession. That means that the Founding Fathers believed that if all else fails after the President and Vice President, someone not elected directly by the people could waltz in at the will of the House to assume the responsibility of President.
So, what was the idea and intent here? It was that the person running the House would have such high integrity and respect that the incumbent would garner support from the entire chamber and not just one party. That is why the voter who suggested that idea was so smart.
So it is also smart to call for Speaker Boehner’s replacement because, after all, who respects this man?
“House and Senate bills would pay federal workers for shutdown furloughs
By Josh Hicks, Published: October 3
House and Senate lawmakers this week proposed legislation to retroactively pay the roughly 800,000 federal workers who are furloughed because of the partial government shutdown that started Tuesday.
The House back-pay measure could be up for a floor vote as early as Saturday, according to Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), who introduced the bill on Tuesday along with sponsor Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.). As of Thursday, 120 lawmakers, including 18 Republicans, had added their names to the measure.