Two senior House Republicans said on Sunday that Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerThe two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election White House strikes back at Bushes over legacy 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 John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerThe two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election White House strikes back at Bushes over legacy MORE will be speaker after the caucus elections, Reps. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTrump's Twitter lockout raises safeguard concerns Anti-pyramid scheme legislation is necessary to protect consumers from fraud Former Tennessee rep enters race for Corker's Senate seat MORE (R-Tenn.) both said he would be.

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“Absolutely,” Cole said.

“He’ll be speaker,” Blackburn added.

The support from two top Republicans come as Boehner faces criticism after removing four lawmakers, Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashHouse Judiciary advances warrantless wiretapping reform bill The Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on tax-reform bill Ryan sets record for closing down debate in House: report MORE (R-Mich.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and David SchweikertDavid SchweikertThe Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on tax-reform bill GOP Senate hopeful Kelli Ward leads challengers in internal poll Kelli Ward pursues Rand Paul’s endorsement in Arizona 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.