By AUSTIN WRIGHT |
10/13/13 9:43 AM EDT
Rep. Jim Jordan wouldn’t say whether Republicans would oust John Boehner as House speaker if he were to bring to the House floor a bill to end the current standoff that didn’t have widespread support among conservatives in the GOP and relied for passage on Democratic votes.
Jordan said House Republicans had presented a united front and weren’t even thinking about such a scenario.
“I don’t think you’re going to see that happen,” the Republican congressman from Ohio said on “Fox News Sunday.” “That’s not even being talked about.”
He also said House Republicans wouldn’t accept any deal to reopen the government or raise the debt ceiling that exceeded that spending levels mandated under sequestration.
Sequestration was a rare victory for fiscal conservatives, he said, and one they wouldn’t abandon.
“The sequester has been … one of the few things we have done where we’ve actually controlled spending in this town,” Jordan said.
Pressed by Fox host Chris Wallace on whether conservatives were prepared to go past Thursday, when the Treasury Department has warned the U.S. government will exhaust its borrowing authority, without a deal, Jordan said: “We are prepared to do what needs to be done to address the underlying problems in this country."