House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday that Congress will avoid a government shutdown by the end of September and that he will push for more legislation before he leaves Congress at the end of October.
Republican Representative Boehner of Ohio and current House Speaker has announced his resignation the previous week due to pressure from conservative groups on federal budget and spending caps and the funding of the controversial health organization Planned Parenthood.
According to Reuters, while speaking to CBS’ Face the Nation he said that the House would pass a funding bill written by the Senate that goes against conservative agenda, but noted that the bill would need a Democratic vote as well. He stated “I suspect mu Democratic colleagues want to keep the government open as much as I do.”
He also added that he would establish a special committee for the investigation of Planned Parenthood and its abortion practices, whether there is truth to Republican claims that the women’s reproductive health organization has been selling aborted fetal tissue for profit. He announced that the special committee would be similar to the one investigating the Benghazi attacks on U.S. embassy.
Boehner took a dig at conservative groups who have been urging for a government shutdown and called legislators and the Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz “false prophets” that had “unrealistic” demands.
According to Reuters, he stated that these conservatives “whip people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things they know, they know are ever going to happen.”
The House Speaker also said that he would push as much legislation as he could on the House floor before he leaves Congress, because his resignation announcement frees him from any political moves that could make him lose his position.
He vowed to push more important legislation by the end of October, possibly including some fiscal deadlines, such as a transportation spending bill and a budget deal that would go beyond a 10-week extension next week. There is also the need of increasing the federal debt limit by December and a revival of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which is supported by Boehner, but opposed by conservatives.
According to Reuters, he stated that there could be some bipartisan voting on legislation and said “I expect that I might have a little more cooperation from some around town to get as much finished as possible. I don’t want to leave my successor a dirty barn.”
Conservatives on the other hand, have been pushing for an election of a representative from their category and a possible replacement is House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy who has close ties with conservative Freedom Caucus. They hope for a leadership that would unify the division in the Republican Party.