Boehner is going out on a productive week for his chamber. Above, he enters the room for his last weekly press conference on Tuesday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
When the Nov. 3 deadline to raise the debt limit rolls around next week, John A. Boehner should be resting easy and enjoying his new golf cart.
Holding up a box of tissues before assuming the podium, Boehner stood before his colleagues Thursday to say goodbye.
“I leave with no regrets or burdens,” he said.
“If anything, I leave as I started — just a regular guy humbled by the chance to do a big job,” he said in his farewell speech to Congress. “That’s what I’m most proud of — that I’m still just me.”
After nearly 25 years in Congress, Boehner’s leaving the Capitol this week with plenty of his signature tears, as well as the satisfaction of having shepherded a budget deal that keeps the government open and lifts that ceiling.