House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner to resign speakership position after conservatives rebelled against his leadership.
Republican John Boehner announced his resignation to the top House position on Friday at a Republican House meeting. He is expected to leave Congress on the 30th of October and it is predicted that he will be replaced by the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy.
Speaker Boehner has been under attack of conservative groups in the GOP for his compromises with the Obama administration and his constant reliance on Democrat votes to pass important legislation.
According to Reuters, Boehner said that he is not sorry for leaving the position and that the thinks it is the best decision to make in time of House turmoil about a possible government shutdown because of disagreement on spending budget and Planned Parenthood federal funding. He stated “It’s become clear to me this prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable harm to the institution. It’s the right time to do it, and frankly I’m entirely comfortable doing it.”
Kevin McCarthy, a U.S. representative of California has been loyal to Boehner, but has acquired a lot of conservative support over his five terms in House and has vowed to shut down the Export-Import Bank and has rejected comprehensive immigration reforms. He stated “Now is the time for our House Republican conference to focus on healing and unifying to face the challenges ahead and always do what is best for the American people.”
Many conservatives have cheered Boehner’s resignation and Republican Presidential contenders have made their address to the news.
According to Reuters, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas told a conservative crowd “You want to know how much each of you terrify Washington? Yesterday, John Boehner was speaker of the House. Y’all come to town and somehow that changes. My only request is, can you come more often?”
Conservatives have been sending warning messaged to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell that if he does not set a more conservative Senate agenda, he would face the same future as Boehner. Representative Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina said “If anyone was doubtful as to whether or not there was a group of members who were really angry and frustrated and disappointed in how things were going, that was put to rest. This anger and frustration with how our party’s being run is real and now it’s very, very tangible.” He also added “You absolutely have to bring the Senate into the discussion. That focus now will invariably, and should turn to Mitch McConnell in the Senate.”
President Barack Obama has praised Boehner for being a good Speaker and according to Reuters stated “John Boehner is a good man. He is a patriot. He cares deeply about the House, an institution in which he has served for a long time. We have obviously had a lot of disagreements and politically we’re at different ends of the spectrum, but I will tell you he has always conducted himself with courtesy and civility with me.” Obama also added that he expects a new Republican Speaker with whom “we can have significant differences on issues, but that doesn’t mean you shut down the government, that doesn’t mean you risk the full faith and credit of the United States.”
On the other hand House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi stated that Boehner’s resignation is a “distraction” in times of spending debates and the decision is “seismic for the House.
The resignation of Boehner is accepted by conservative Republicans and might the possibility of a government shutdown on the 1st of October, but does nothing to address the division among the Republican Party, which faces Congress debates on the federal budget and raising the debt limit.