Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will by deposed by his Republican Conference if he continues to accommodate the right wing of his party, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned on Monday.
Schumer said conservative Republicans in the House are bullying the Speaker and will eventually topple him from leadership if he continues to comply with their demands.
“I mean what is going on in Congressman Boehner’s head?” he said on CNN. “He knows shutting down the government is a bad thing. He knows the right wing is bullying him. Doesn’t he know if he gives in this time, they will ask for more and more and more until they depose him?”
Boehner is facing the biggest crisis of his Speakership as the House and Senate barrel toward a government shutdown over ObamaCare.
The House will vote later Monday to combine a government funding bill with a one-year delay to the healthcare law’s individual mandate. The bill would also end federal subsidies for members of Congress and staffers who will enroll in the new ObamaCare exchanges.
Both proposals are nonstarters in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
Schumer said the only way to avoid a shutdown would be for the House to pass a “clean” continuing resolution funding the government.
He commended Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for voting last week to advance the bill in the Senate. He said McConnell, who is up for reelection next year and faces a conservative primary opponent, is showing much more courage than Boehner.
“Twenty-five Republicans voted to allow that bill to go forward in the Senate, including Mitch McConnell, who I must say is showing a lot more strength and courage than Speaker Boehner, even though McConnell has a primary from the Tea Party,” he said.
Last week, McConnell voted to advance a House passed bill that tied the defunding of ObamaCare to a continuing resolution to fund the government. Other conservative Republicans — led by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) — opposed the move because Democrats were planning on stripping the ObamaCare language with a simple majority of Democrats.
If both parties do not come to a resolution Monday night, the government will shut down at midnight on Tuesday.