On Friday, though, the speaker of the US House of Representatives remained cool and collected as he announced his October 30 retirement – until talking about the impact of his political career on his wife and now-adult daughters.
His downfall again highlighted the sinewy power of a Republican Party faction whose anthem is often to oppose government action.
Levin said that the Republican establishment sees conservatives as people who have to be “managed” and “messaged” to.
The Ohio representative struggled from nearly the moment he took the speaker’s gavel in 2011 to manage the challenges of divided government and to hold together his fractious and increasingly conservative Republican members.
Congressman Mark Meadows, who represents most of WNC, acknowledges previous disagreements with Boehner, but commends him for his service.
One source specifically said that the deal was limited to a continuing resolution that would last only until December 11. “And you know what – I don’t blame him”, said Hanna.
Bridenstine, who is closely aligned with the tea party, was among Boehner’s leading detractors.
Boehner’s leadership was questioned from the right, by tea party Republicans who found him too accommodating of Democrats, and from the left, by those who thought he should have compromised more.
Lucas and Cole, the two senior members of Oklahoma’s five-person delegation in the House, expect to support Rep. Kevin McCarthy, of California, to succeed Boehner. Boehner and his leadership team have been urging lawmakers to consider alternatives to using a must-pass funding bill as a means to carry the battle against Planned Parenthood to President Barack Obama. The 13-term Ohio Republican, second in line to the presidency, shocked his GOP caucus Friday morning when he announced his decision in a closed-door session. In July, Meadows filed a resolution to remove Boehner as Speaker.
For months, some House conservatives have urged McConnell to change the Senate’s unique procedural rules so that legislation does not need a super-majority of 60 votes to advance.
“The disagreements within the conference have never been about John Boehner’s personality, they’ve been disagreements over tactics”, said David Schnittger, Boehner’s former longtime deputy chief of staff. “And they’re probably going to continue”. “It is a demonstration of their obsession with shutting down government at the expense of women’s health and a sign of the failure of the House Republicans to be willing to engage in dialogue for the good of the American people and for us to move forward”.
Mulvaney conceded that tea party Republicans don’t have enough votes to elect one of their own as speaker.
“I will say, the early reports are discouraging”, the Texas senator told reporters at Washington’s Voters Value Summit”. While other Republicans from the region have called for immigration reform, McCarthy has not joined them.
As reported by Military Times, the Pentagon recently warned troops and defense civilians that the current gridlock on Capitol Hill is threatening a government-wide shutdown next week that would offer no immediate mechanism for continuing military pay.