Two senior House Republicans said on Sunday that Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days 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 BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE will be speaker after the caucus elections, Reps. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnFive ways Trump’s convention was a success Trump campaign puts diversity on display in final night of convention The Trail 2016: Trump’s big night 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 AmashDozens of GOP lawmakers staying away from Trump's convention House uprising thwarts change to Patriot Act GOP angst grows over Trump MORE (R-Mich.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and David SchweikertDavid SchweikertFormer GOP congressman lobbying for electric cars Senate races heating up Tea Party class reassesses record 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.