Rep. Amash Undecided on Whether to Vote for Boehner

January 3, 2013 - 11:18 AM

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After being kicked off the House Budget Committee, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said he would not commit to voting for John Boehner as Speaker. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Conservative lawmaker Justin Amash (R-Mich.) had not made up his mind whether to vote to retain John Boehner (R-Ohio) as Speaker of the House.

The first order of business for the 113th Congress after they are sworn in Thursday will be to vote for the Speaker.

A spokesman for Rep. Amash told CNSNews.com on Wednesday that he was undecided on whether to vote for Boehner last week, and that “position still stands.”

The fiscal cliff negotiations have left Boehner under criticism from segments of his own party, after he proposed a tax hike on millionaires – the so-called “Plan B,” which failed to gather enough Republican support to come up for a vote.  The final deal included tax hikes on those making $400,000, and only 85 Republicans voted for it, while 151 voted against.

Boehner needs an absolute majority to retain his speakership, and he would lose if 17 Republicans vote for someone else.

Amash is one of several conservatives who were ousted from their committee posts in the House last month.  He alleged that he received a zero on the Republican “scorecard,” which tracks how often members voted with the House leadership.

After being removed from the House Budget Committee, Amash said he would not commit to voting for Boehner as Speaker.

"We're going to see how the next few weeks go and whether he's willing to make amends," he said in an appearance on CNN.  "Right now I'm not very happy with the Speaker."