Rep. Jim BridenstineJames (Jim) Frederick BridenstineOvernight Energy: Dems go on attack at EPA chief's hearing | Pruitt backs national fuel standard | Bill Nye sparks controversy with State of the Union plans | Greens sue over wolf protections Bill Nye's company says SOTU attendance not an endorsement Scientists' group rips Bill Nye over SOTU attendance: He 'does not speak for us' MORE (R-Okla.) said Friday that he won't vote for Rep. John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRestoring fiscal sanity requires bipartisan courage GOP congressman slams primary rival for Ryan donations Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy’s future MORE (R-Ohio) for another term as Speaker.

Bridenstine cited the "cromnibus" government spending bill that Congress passed last month as the reason for rejecting Boehner. The measure funds all of the government through September 2015, except for the Department of Homeland Security, which is only funded through Feb. 27.

ADVERTISEMENT
Bridenstine is among the conservative Republicans who called for the spending bill to defund President Obama's executive action to delay deportations for up to 5 million illegal immigrants.

"When our Constitution is under assault and House Republicans give away our Constitutional power of the purse, they share the guilt of abandoning our founding principles," Bridenstine said in a statement.

"Speaker Boehner went too far when he teamed with Obama to advance this legislation. He relinquished the power of the purse, and with it he lost my vote," Bridenstine concluded.

Bridenstine voted for then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) instead of Boehner for Speaker in 2013 on his first day as a freshman member of Congress. He didn't say whom, if anyone, he would support for Speaker instead this year.

Boehner can afford to lose up to 28 Republicans before the Speaker vote would go to a second ballot. The election will be held on Tuesday, when the new Congress convenes.