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Speaker John A. Boehner told fellow Republicans Friday morning he will resign from Congress and give up his House seat at the end of October, according to members.
The Ohio Republican has been under fire from hard-line conservatives in his conference over the GOP leadership’s reluctance to shut down the federal government in order to defund Planned Parenthood.
According to Rep. Thomas Massie, Boehner told GOP lawmakers during a closed-door GOP conference meeting this morning that he plans to put a clean continuing resolution on the floor — a move that critics of the speaker have warned could cost him his gavel.
Boehner’s resignation will complicate President Barack Obama’s last year in office. The two men often were at odds but maintained a cordial relationship and the speaker was seen as a moderating influence on a wing wanting their party to use all the tools of the Constitution to stand up to the president — including the power of the purse.
Boehner had made clear he thought the 2013 government shutdown was a mistake and another one now wouldn’t have resulted in a better result. And after he succeeded in getting the president to agree to trillions of dollars in spending cuts in return for a debt limit hike in 2011, the president made clear he would never again give anything in return for a debt limit increase.
Facing a potentially catastrophic default, Boehner blinked, and his “Boehner Rule” requiring a dollar in deficit cuts for every dollar of debt limit hikes effectively headed for the dustbin.
Another debt limit hike will be required this fall, not to mention a budget deal, a highway bill deal and plenty more before Obama heads for the exits, all with the 2016 presidential election ramping up in the background.
Speaker John A. Boehner held court in his office for nearly three hours Thursday, inviting groups of lawmakers in for discussions on how best to defund Planned Parenthood without shutting down the federal government.
As a long day was winding down, the speaker and his lieutenants worked on a multi-pronged plan to present to fellow Republicans when the Republican Conference gathers Friday morning for a closed-door meeting. Full story
Five founding members of the House Freedom Caucus left Speaker John A. Boehner’s office after an hourlong meeting tight-lipped on what was discussed in relation to the continuing resolution and Planned Parenthood.
Insisting they wouldn’t discuss the details of a “private meeting” to which they had been summoned by the Ohio Republican, the typically chatty members caught reporters off guard. Full story
Pope Francis was on a tight schedule during his Capitol Hill visit Thursday, his coordinates obsessively orchestrated and timed to a T.
But after his speech to a joint meeting of Congress, en route from Statuary Hall to the Speaker’s Balcony to address the masses on the West Lawn, he paused for an important bit of business. Full story
Less than a week away from a government shutdown, Speaker John A. Boehner seems to have two core goals: Keep the government open and hang on to his gavel in the process.
The Ohio Republican will somehow have to persuade the rowdier corners of his conference that shuttering the federal government over Planned Parenthood funding isn’t in the GOP’s best interest, while also convincing critics he’s still the best person to lead the conference as Republicans and Democrats potentially negotiate a massive spending bill this fall. Full story
House Democrats have said they don’t want to help pass a continuing resolution that funds the government at sequester levels — unless it’s a very short-term bill and there’s a promise to begin negotiations to eventually lift the spending caps.
At the moment, it looks like they’re not going to get concessions on either front.
Speaker John A. Boehner has invited an eclectic group of guests to watch Pope Francis’ address to Congress from the House chamber and the West Lawn Thursday.
The Ohio Republican can’t help but be scrutinized for his selections which are, as with every event of this nature, inherently political. Full story
An effort to take Speaker John A. Boehner’s gavel is running into a familiar problem — who would replace him? — and conservatives, this time, are at least entertaining the idea of an unlikely ally: Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
McCarthy has been emphatic he isn’t interested in a coup against Boehner. Full story
House Democratic leaders have become fond of the talking point that the GOP is itching for a government shutdown.
House Democrats on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee are no exception. Full story
Every lawmaker on Capitol Hill has a cause that could use a boost from a powerful person’s endorsement — and next week there won’t be a more influential seal of approval than one from Pope Francis.
Since taking on the papacy in March 2013, the leader of the world’s largest church has shown a willingness to wade into some of the thorniest political debates around the globe, from economic equality to climate change to immigration.
Catholics and non-Catholics alike want to hear what he has to say, and his scheduled Sept. 24 address to a joint session of Congress will afford him a soapbox from which to deliver a message to, basically, the world. Full story
With only six legislative days left before the government runs out of money, House Republicans still don’t have a conference-unifying strategy to avoid a shutdown and defund Planned Parenthood.
Asked whether he was worried about the rapidly closing window in which to act — current funding runs out on Sept. 30 — senior appropriator Tom Cole, R-Okla., laughed.
“Yeah!” the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee chairman told a group of reporters Thursday morning. “I mean, sooner’s better.” Full story
Talk of deposing John A. Boehner has reached such a crescendo that one frustrated House Republican stood up in a closed-door meeting Wednesday night and said she was tired of would-be leadership candidates contacting her about supporting them.
Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota told the GOP conference Wednesday she didn’t appreciate all the calls she’s received from potential leadership candidates asking for her vote, multiple members told CQ Roll Call.
At least one House Freedom Caucus member has had enough.
California Republican Tom McClintock delivered a resignation letter to HFC Chairman Jim Jordan on Tuesday that laid out a number of issues he’s had with the conservative group. From the Freedom Caucus’s strategy on Department of Homeland Security funding, to voting against the rule for trade legislation, to threatening to block the Iran disapproval resolution, McClintock has been a vocal critic of many HFC strategies. It appears, however, that a vow to vote against any spending bill that funds Planned Parenthood was the final straw. Full story
Does Speaker John A. Boehner want the House to vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank?
House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., says yes. Full story
Two weeks away from a government shutdown, neither chamber has released a bill to fund the government past Sept. 30 — and it doesn’t seem like the House or the Senate are in much of a hurry.
The House will vote on two abortion bills this week, a nod to conservative members who insist Congress has to take action after the release of a series of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the harvesting of fetal tissue. Full story