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February 14, 2016

Labrador Says Boehner Now Less Likely to Retire in Fall

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 04: Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, is interviewed by Roll Call in his Longworth Building office. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Labrador says Boehner is the big winner this week. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 6:35 p.m. | While many lawmakers have said they don’t think Speaker John A. Boehner will stay for another term, the surprise defeat of Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the recent leadership elections now has at least one conservative lawmaker thinking Boehner’s position has been strengthened.

Raúl R. Labrador has repeatedly predicted that Boehner would step down as speaker at the end of this term. In fact, the Idaho Republican did it as recently as last Tuesday, on the morning of the day that Cantor lost his primary to Dave Brat.

But after waging his own unsuccessful bid for majority leader, and after Kevin McCarthy was elected to the position, Labrador thinks Boehner is now better positioned to stick around.

“I think this actually strengthened him,” Labrador said in his office on Friday afternoon.

“Whatever his plans were, he has now to decide whether he wants to give a new speaker and a new majority leader the opportunity to actually lead,” Labrador said. “And I think he’s such an institutionalist that he might be thinking, ‘You know, now that we have so much change at the leadership, I may need to stay two more years.'”

  • respectful conservative

    Is it too much to hope that the voters in Ohio will retire him for all of us and for the good of the country?

  • Michael Nunez – A53

    It is unjust to push the innocent children of these united states further into the hock of hostile foreign governments.

  • Jack Ryan

    One example of the courage to call out the fundamentally un-serious fiscal nature of the socialist democrat party:

    • erick

      The republicans complain about the national debt. The wall street banks received 7.7 trillion of the tax payer dollars in the toxic asset relief program at the end of the Bush administration. Now the congress should lower the deficit by passing HR 1579 the “Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2013″. This will impose a financial transfer tax on speculative wall street stock trading, thereby reducing the deficit and taking some of the tax burden away from small business.

  • guest

    Boehner needs to take all the payoff money he made and go bless another country with his presence.

  • Youz Guys

    A default is triggered if Hussein Obama’s regime chooses not to pay the interest on the debt.There are more than enough US government revenues to cover interest on the debt.If Hussein Obama’s regime chooses not to pay the interest on the debt, then it has chosen to default.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    THE THREE MILLION OF UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS STILL WITHOUT AN EXTENSION OF BENEFITS, WILL NOT FORGET THAT THE REPUBLICANS FAILED TO PASS THE EXTENSION BILL, AND HAVE FAILED THEIR FAMILIES. THEY WILL ALL TURN OUT TO VOTE IN THIS COMING ELECTIONS, BUT NOT VOTE FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. The government asks for our sons and daughters to send to war, but fails to provide for them when the war is over. They freely will spend billions of dollars for foreign aid, but not pass an unemployment bill, for the three million unemployed families, who have been without benefits, since late last December. For the past six months, the republican senate has held the extension bill “hostage” in the senate, for political leverage, and party politics. While millions of unemployed families continue falling into financial ruin, losing all that they had worked for, over many years. These republicans have shown a total lack of human compassion, and common decency, towards these unfortunate families. Instead of trying to help them, they chose to arrogantly label them as “lazy”, and decided to ignore their pleas for help. Both political parties have utterly failed these people.

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  • Thomas Aquinas

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