“He has to be a manager and he has to be able to balance the governing aspect of being House Speaker with this kind of change-driven, hyper-conservative Tea Party faction that wants kind of a revolution”, Wright said.
He is in the midst of trying to craft a solution to keep government running as conservatives threaten to vote against any spending bill that includes funding for Planned Parenthood.
“With John Boehner doing what he did, it creates the opportunity for the Republican members to come together-and a lot of them are calling for sort of a family meeting-and really discuss what is actually doable in a divided government”, Cantor told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
139-a-06-(House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in interview)-“the Senate bill”-House Speaker John Boehner says there will not be a government shutdown. There are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done”, Boehner said”. As Boehner let out the word to House Republicans Friday morning, GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio related the news to a conference of conservatives – who erupted in triumphant hoots.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, another 2016 contender, on the other hand said he would “miss” Boehner.
“Why do I want to make my members, Republican members, walk the plank?” he said.
Congress is facing end-of-year deadlines to again fund the government, raise the borrowing limit, extend certain tax breaks, weigh in on the Iran Deal and a handful of other issues. Boehner’s resistance to that idea prompted conservatives to seek his ouster. “If you can clear this out now and get these issues behind us before you get into the presidential election…, it’s a good thing”. “Things are not that different”.
Conservatives have for weeks been gearing up for another shutdown push, this time over funding for Planned Parenthood.
Until, that is, Boehner met Pope Francis.
Michael Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America, wrote Friday that Boehner’s resignation was a victory for conservatives. The House has only 16 days in session on the schedule between now and October 30, when Boehner has said he will leave the Congress. Nothing big is on the legislative schedule for this week – and the appearance of any of those items would certainly prompt a big battle within the GOP. “This plan never had a chance”, he said. “You just saw this effort by the House to defund Planned Parenthood and they’re willing to shut down the government to do so”, Wright said. The pope blessed Boehner’s newest grandchild and spoke to Congress about resisting forces that divide people.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who also represents southern Middle Tennessee, said Boehner’s resignation is a reflection “that the people’s will is always heard”. He also attached to his letter a voluntary response he received from Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which said it does not engage in tissue donations even if requested by patients. “In our system of government, it’s not about Hail Mary passes”. They wanted this long, slow press.