While Boehner is giving up the reigns, his rocky tenure is not over yet; during the interview, he pledged one of his final actions as speaker would be to avert a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood. Boehner allies are reportedly pushing for his chief deputy House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to run for Speaker.
The leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, Speaker John Boehner, stunned Republicans on Friday, saying he would resign at the end of October, stepping aside from one of the most powerful jobs in Washington, D.C., in the face of hard-line conservative opposition that threatens an institutional crisis.
John Boehner lashed out at “false prophets” in the right’s ranks, blaming them for political strategies that “never had a chance” even while taking the government into fiscal crises.
On Sunday, Boehner vowed that Congress will avoid a government shutdown this week, according to a Reuters report. 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. And by the end of the day, Boehner said, “it was pretty obvious to me that, hey, I think it’s time to do this”.
The Louisiana governor has struggled to stand out in the crowded Republican presidential field.
House Speaker John Boehner vowed to keep the government open for business in the waning weeks of his term in office Sunday but warned against the “false prophets” in his party who hope to replace him.
Cantor, Boehner’s No. 2 for most of his speakership, wrote in a New York Times opinion piece that congressional Republicans should not pick fights that they aren’t able to win and instead focus on making “incremental progress”.
“I expect that I might have a little more cooperation from some around town to get as much finished as possible”, Boehner said.
“I want to know from each candidate how they are going to restore Article 1 Constitutional authority to Congress and how they plan to defund Planned Parenthood, the Iran deal, the president’s DACA and DAPA, and Obamacare”.
“I have respect for my colleagues, I respect the people who send them here, I respect the fact that their caucus elected them to a leadership position”, Pelosi said. Y’all come to town and somehow that changes.
Some tea partyers were pushing for a vote to oust Boehner as speaker, a formal challenge that hasn’t happened in more than 100 years.
Less than 24 hours after he stood crying next to the pope on a balcony at the Capitol, Boehner would announce his resignation.