Freedom Caucus member on Boehner staying: No
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Rep. Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyMeadows joins White House in crisis mode Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House Meadows set to resign from Congress as he moves to White House MORE (R-S.C.), a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, suggested Friday morning that members of the conservative group would not allow John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerMeadows joins White House in crisis mode Meadows set to resign from Congress as he moves to White House The Pelosi administration MORE (R-Ohio) to stay on as Speaker.

"Do you and your colleagues have confidence that John Boehner is the right person, if it comes to that, to negotiate with the White House and the Senate on the debt ceiling and on the budget?" Bloomberg's Mark Halperin asked Mulvaney on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."


"No," Mulvaney responded bluntly.

Boehner staying on as Speaker became more likely after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOn The Money: House Dems push huge jobs project in wake of coronavirus | Trump leans on businesses in virus response | Lawmakers press IRS to get relief checks to seniors Democrats push for green infrastructure provisions in next coronavirus package House Democrats push huge jobs project in wake of coronavirus MORE (R-Calif.), the favorite to succeed him, abruptly dropped out of the Speakership race Thursday.

Boehner plans to step down as Speaker and resign from Congress on Oct. 30, but McCarthy's exit from the race is complicating that plan as Republicans struggle to find a leader who can secure the 218 votes necessary to win the gavel.

Many Republicans are working to put pressure on Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to step up and run, which he has repeatedly said he does not want to do.

"He certainly would have a lot of credibility that a lot of other folks might not have," Mulvaney said Friday, declining to disclose details of his conversation with Ryan on the House floor on Thursday.

"Don't dismiss Dan Webster though," Mulvaney said, referring to the Republican representative from Florida whom the Freedom Caucus endorsed on the eve of GOP voting on Thursday.

"I know he's boring, I know he's not very exciting, people don't know who he is, but he's an institutionalist," Mulvaney. "The reason the conservatives like him is he would simply treat us equally."