Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16), Rep. Mick Mulvaney (SC-05), Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-06), and Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04), who led the effort for leadership elections to be delayed in accordance with the Conference rules as written, released the following statement. While the Speaker's announcement fulfills this request, the letter -- which is still being circulated - also asks for a special Conference so members can make any potential amendments to the rules.
"I applaud Speaker Boehner's decision to allow our new Speaker to set the date for any further leadership elections until after the floor vote on October 29th," said Rep. Renacci. "As our letter points out, Conference Rules require there be a vacancy before a leadership election can take place. Any elections prior to another leadership position being officially vacated would be premature."
"This is the right way to do it," said Rep. Mulvaney. "With plenty of time to talk about rules changes and then, future leadership races, when and if they become necessary. I applaud Speaker Boehner for handling it this way."
"One of the concrete results from last week's Conference meeting was that a broad spectrum of members have an appetite for reevaluating the rules," said Rep. Roskam. "As I've said before, we need a plan, not just a person, to lead this historic majority in effectively serving the American people. We should begin by reforming the rules and processes so that we can better unite behind conservative solutions and advance them out of the House. I'm glad the elections for prospective leadership slots have been delayed. This will give us an opportunity to have this important conversation before selecting our next leaders."
"Delaying the leadership elections wisely gives the candidates time to credibly commit to fighting for what the voters sent us here to do, including maintaining the BCA caps, fully repealing Obamacare via reconciliation, and actually decreasing the debt rather than cutting blank checks for the President," said Rep. Jordan. "It also allows them to demonstrate their leadership qualities by adopting meaningful and fair process reforms within both the Republican Conference and the House."