House Speaker John Boehner will not allow a floor vote on a resolution to oust him from his post, he announced Wednesday.
"Frankly, it isn't even deserving of a vote," Boehner said of the resolution, which was introduced late Tuesday by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.
Meadows introduced a resolution "Declaring the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives vacant."
Boehner could have brought it to the floor for a vote of the full House, and 218 votes could have ousted Boehner. Republicans control 245 votes.
Boehner suggested Meadows was acting on his own and his resolution would have failed.
"Look this is one member," Boehner told reporters. "I've got broad support among my colleagues."
Boehner's decision comes as some conservatives who have long been unhappy with Boehner said they backed the Meadows move, while many others said they would not vote for it even if it came to the floor.
Boehner has been elected House Speaker three times. In two of those elections, a faction of conservatives schemed to oust him by voting against him, but they never garnered enough support among Republicans to defeat him.
On Wednesday, even those conservatives who have been punished by leadership questioned the move by Meadows.
"It took a lot of us by surprise," Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., a conservative who lost his position on the whip team for voting against a trade bill, said of the Meadows resolution.
"Any leadership discussions among Republicans should be among Republicans and not empower [Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi," he added.
GOP leadership recently punished Meadows, a member of the most conservative House GOP faction, for refusing to vote to advance the trade measure which gave President Obama the power to expedite international trade deals.
Meadows temporarily lost his post atop a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee, but he was later restored to the position after his fellow committee members rallied behind him.
His resolution to oust Boehner, however, does not seem to have garnered enthusiasm among Republicans and will likely linger in the House Rules Committee, which operates as an arm of the speaker. There, it will likely die without consideration.
"I think that Boehner could do a lot better of a job," said Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., who often clashes with the leadership. "But, a lot of those problems are in the Senate, where [Republican Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell has not been willing to fight the fight he promised. To land it all on Boehner's lap is a little bit shortsighted. It's basically unfair."
The Meadows resolution accused Boehner of a litany of offenses, including using "the power of the office to punish members who vote according to their conscience instead of the will of the Speaker."
The line refers to several members, including Franks, who were stripped of committee assignments and leadership posts for voting against the leadership on key legislation.
Meadows also said Boehner has sidelined Congress and has "endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of the 435 Members of Congress and the people they represent."
Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., who was among the group who twice attempted to oust Boehner during the official election of the House Speaker and lost a committee assignment as a result, said he backs Meadows.
Jones said his constituents are frustrated that the House leadership does not take up legislation they support, such as a bill to eliminate federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Republican leaders say they want to wait for committee investigations into the organization before bringing a bill to the floor.
"We are not doing the work of the people," Jones said. "I think too often what happens is the leadership is not listening to the American people. That is part of my frustration. "
Meadows has said he hopes his resolution will spark a discussion among Republicans about the way leaders are running the House GOP.
But so far, Boehner has not even talked to Meadows and has no plans to do so.
"I have not" Boehner replied, when asked whether he would speak to him. "Why?"