Maine’s two representatives in Congress were as surprised as any at House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to resign from his leadership post, and from his house seat at the end of next month.
“It was stunning, it was selfless on the part of Speaker Boehner”, Sensenbrenner said.
“I think there are people in our conference that serve and serve well but I don’t know if any of them are running”, he said, adding that whether the status quo will remain in the House depends on who is elected. “I wish the Speaker the best of luck in the next chapter of his story”.
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio poses for a photo with Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, second from right, during a re-enactment the House oath-of-office, Tuesday, January 6, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
A tough battle over Boehner’s successor, with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy trying to fend off a challenge from the hard right wing.
Former Indiana Rep. David McIntosh, who used to represent Messer’s district and now heads the conservative Club for Growth, said House Republicans have strayed from limited government principles and it’s time for a change.
Hensarling has been a vocal critic of several of the Obama Administration’s housing policies, including the decision by the FHA earlier in the year to lower the mortgage insurance premiums by 50 basis points down to 0.85 percent.
Duffy said many people showed love and affection for Boehner after the conference.
Still, Patrick Haney, apolitical science professor at Miami University, said this is going to be a big loss for our community. Was there something the devout Catholic lawmaker heard the pope say, whether whispered in his ear or proclaimed to the Washington throngs? “I think I was”, Boehner said of the many moments that he publically wiped tears from his eyes on Thursday. “This debate is far from over, and frankly, it’s just beginning”, Boehner said on September 10.
Officials said as Boehner rose to the top, he was sometimes criticized by constituents for not bringing home the bacon. But it’s also been defined by his struggles with tea party conservatives who opposed his tendencies toward deal-making.
House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation is giving food stamp recipients and Planned Parenthood supporters hope that Congress will avoid a government shutdown. If Congress passes the measure, the fight to defund Planned Parenthood could be pushed back until after a new speaker has been chosen. “And if I wasn’t planning on leaving here soon – I can tell you I would not have done this”.