NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — It’s a major shakeup for republicans in the House of Representatives as Speaker John Boehner will hand over the gavel at the end of October.
But who will take his place?
News 2 Anchor Sam Fisher sat down with Republican Tennessee Congressman Marsha Blackburn Friday to find out if she’s considering throwing her hat into the ring.
“I think this has been a difficult year for the Republican conference. The House has passed over 300 bills, the Senate only about 44 of those. We’ve caught a lot of blame for that and it’s probably due to a lack of leadership pushing,” she told News 2.
And it appeared the more conservative faction of the party was ready to push Boehner out, something he was well aware of.
As for who’s next, several names have emerged as possible successors, including the most likely choice Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
But what about a Tennessean holding the gavel?
“I’ve had colleagues ask me if I’m interested. We’ll see what the next few days hold. I’m talking to my colleagues at this point in time,” said Blackburn.
The shocking move, first reported by the New York Times, means there’s unlikely to be a government shutdown next week.
Following Boehner’s announcement, House Republicans said there was agreement to pass a clean spending bill to keep the government open through mid-December while broader negotiations on spending levels are held.
Several members of the Freedom Caucus, the conservative group that led the revolt against Boehner’s leadership, said they will now support the spending bill without demands that it include language to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood.