Conservative: Boehner coup 'not going to happen'

Conservative: Boehner coup 'not going to happen'
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Rep. Jim Jordan repeatedly denied on Sunday that conservatives will try to oust Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBipartisanship has become a partisan weapon The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez What's a party caucus chair worth? MORE, his fellow Ohio Republican, over funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

"That's not the point. Of course not, no, that's not the point," Jordan said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"The point is to do what we told the voters we were going to do and do it in a way that's consistent with the United States Constitution, consistent with fundamental fairness and consistent with the only court to rule [on Obama's executive action]," said Jordan, the chairman of the new Freedom Caucus.


Jordan was among conservative lawmakers who wrote to Boehner last week, urging Republican House leadership not to back down on funding the DHS while also rolling back Obama's action on immigration to defer deportations for up to 5 million illegal immigrants and offer more work visas.

He voted against both a three-week and one-week DHS funding measure on Friday, the latter of which passed after Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) rallied Democrats to support the measure. Dozens of conservatives opposed the bills because they didn't touch Obama's actions on immigration.

Asked by CNN's Dana Bash if he would challenge Boehner should the Speaker introduce a clean funding bill this week that funded the DHS without rolling back Obama's actions, Jordan said, "No, no, of course not," quickly adding, "I don't think that's going to happen, though."

Some conservatives have previously tried to elect Jordan as Speaker to oust Boehner. Jordan denied the possibility of that happening again over DHS funding when pressed again on CNN.

"No, that's not going to happen, that's not the issue," said Jordan, who argued conservatives need to make a stronger case for defunding Obama's actions.

Jordan's comments came just before Boehner said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that he thought he could continue to lead the House.

“I think so. I’m not going to suggest it’s easy, because it’s not,” Boehner said.