Congressman Scott Garrett is eager to install GOP leaders in the House of Representatives sympathetic to his right wing views.
He is one of the fifty or so Republicans in the House who think shutting down the government is a reasonable way for them to gain passage of their extreme agenda. He helped form the Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative House Republicans that announced earlier this month they would not support a spending bill that includes funding for Planned Parenthood. They appear to be happy that this position could lead to the second federal government shutdown in three years.
Garrett voted against electing John Boehner Speaker of the House. Now that Boehner has resigned that position, it’s likely that Garrett and his cohorts will take whatever actions are available to replace him with a Speaker more compliant to their wishes, especially their desire to defund Planned Parenthood.