Two senior House Republicans said on Sunday that Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE (R-Ohio) will keep the top spot in the caucus after leadership elections next month.
Asked by Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union” if BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE will be speaker after the caucus elections, Reps. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnNet neutrality fight descends into trench warfare Ryan praises FCC chief's plans to roll back net neutrality A bipartisan drum beat for music artists’ performance rights MORE (R-Tenn.) both said he would be.
“He’ll be speaker,” Blackburn added.
The support from two top Republicans come as Boehner faces criticism after removing four lawmakers, Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashLawmakers slam Priebus for libel law comments Bipartisan push grows for new war authorization The Hill's Whip List: 21 GOP no votes on new ObamaCare replacement bill MORE (R-Mich.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and David SchweikertDavid SchweikertGOP amendment would give billion to insurers to cover high-cost patients Meadows: Freedom Caucus would back bill that got rid of 3 ObamaCare regs Trump pressing House GOP for tweaks in healthcare bill: report MORE (R-Ariz.), Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), from their committee assignments this past week.
Huelskamp called the move “punishment” for conservatives not backing leadership on votes. Participants at a closed-door House GOP meeting this week said that Boehner warned lawmakers that leaders would be watching their votes.
A conservative blog, Red State, has also called on Republicans to depose Boehner in retaliation.
A deal to avoid going over the fiscal cliff — a set of massive tax increases and budget cuts that will go into effect early next year unless Congress acts — could also hold danger for Boehner if he agrees to some taxes going up. That could cost him support among the conservative-leaning members of the House GOP caucus.
Cole, though, insisted Boehner remains a very powerful leader of the House.
“This is a speaker that’s very strong. This is a speaker that got us through a tough election and retained our majority. I actually think this is a speaker who’s at the peak of his power,” Cole said.