Conservatives roll out 'bold solution' to circumvent Boehner

Rep. Steve Scalise and a group of impatient House conservatives plan to roll out a packaged bill to bypass Speaker John Boehner.
By Gabrielle Levy  |  March 26, 2014 at 1:48 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 26 (UPI) -- A group of House Conservatives are ready to push past what they see as ineffective leadership from Speaker John Boehner by introducing their own jobs package.

Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise hinted at the "bold solution" he plans to roll out at a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

"I think our leadership has been good about showing what we're against. I think one area where we've had weakness is we really haven't shown what we're for," Scalise told CNN.

"I would like to see our leadership be bold," he continued. "I would like to see us as a House majority be bold because I think the American people are hungry for bold ideas that will solve big problems because I think our country has big problems. They don't trust us because they don't know what we stand for.

Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, who will be working with Scalise on the rollout, was more forthcoming with the details of what the package might entail.

Labrador compared it to former Newt Gingrich's "Contract With America," which helped Republicans retake the House for the first time in 40 years in 1994. The bill will roll together 23 proposals that include a combination of older bills already passed in the House and upcoming legislation.

"Frankly, we welcome these ideas from our own members," Boehner said at his weekly press conference Wednesday. "If they want to package it in a way that they think is best, I’ll pat them on the back. Job well done."


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