UPDATE: Tearful Boehner Re-Elected to Third Term as House Speaker
UPDATE 2:14p ET: Rep. John Boehner faced down a conservative challenge to be re-elected for his third term as Speaker of the House.
Boehner was elected despite opposition from GOP Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas, Ted Yoho of Florida and Daniel Webster of Florida.
Boehner received 216 of the 408 votes cast and now leads the biggest GOP majority in nearly 70 years.
Sean Hannity said it's time for a new Republican leader in the House of Representatives, arguing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is not up to the task.
The criticism came one day after two Republicans announced they would challenge Boehner for the post in the new Congress.
Hannity argued that Boehner only seems interested in taking "show votes" that have no real meaning. He faulted Boehner for giving in to President Obama and Democrats on the "Cromnibus" spending bill late last year and failing to use the power of the purse to try to defund ObamaCare.
Hannity noted that when Boehner assumed the Speaker role in 2011, the national debt was $14 trillion. Now, the figure is up to $18 trillion.
"Republicans in this last election were given a mandate to stop the Obama agenda and solve America's problems. I think [Republicans] need bold new leadership to make that happen. Nothing against Speaker Boehner, we've got to get 50 million Americans off of welfare, 50 millions Americans out of poverty. 92 million Americans are not working. We need somebody that is going to articulate a vision that is going to inspire. ... Securing the borders. Is the Speaker going to do that? He just funded ObamaCare for a whole year," said Hannity.
During the show, Hannity discussed Boehner's performance with Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who pointed out that in Feb. 2011 he proposed cutting off the funding for ObamaCare.
"That’s when I was blocked by the leadership team from being able to offer that amendment in a way that it would be attached to the broader spending bill. Then two and a half years later, there was an amendment allowed that did cut off that funding temporarily, but we didn’t hold our ground and now ObamaCare was funded in the omnibus bill going forward all the way til the end of September," said King.
Hannity said in his opinion, average Americans across the country have no idea about Boehner's agenda.
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), who along with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) is challenging Boehner on the Speaker ballot, talked to Bill Hemmer Tuesday morning.
He said he believes Americans are tired of the status quo and Republicans under Boehner are "doing the same thing over and over and over again" and are not getting results.
Yoho called Boehner a "nice guy," but believes the number of GOP lawmakers willing to oppose Boehner is going to grow.
"I don't do things for show," said Yoho, adding that constituents pushed him to run against Boehner.
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