I’m … not going to sit around here and do nothing for the next 30 days, Boehner told reporters Friday. New problems will arise, however, once hes gone. Boehners resignation, brought on by the increasing turmoil within his conference, leaves the conservative faction of his party brimming with excitement at the prospect of pursuing what they see as purer, more conservative goals.
WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner may be able to leave office on a high note after meeting the pope and potentially averting another government shutdown. But his abrupt departure has many on Capitol Hill fearing it will leave Congress an even worse, more gridlocked institution.
That much, at least, was good news to some of Boehner’s supporters, who hope that he will use his impending freedom to deal with several lingering long-term problems before he departs at the end of October, including funding the government, paying for the nation’s highways and addressing the looming debt limit.
Boehner planned to get a clean government funding measure passed rather than tether the Planned Parenthood provision to it. That move would have likely been the last straw among conservatives, who already blamed him for not doing enough to block President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal or to upend the president’s health care reform law. Mulvaney said Boehner felt pressure to step aside because he knew a conservative rebellion was brewing, while Boehner said he wanted to avoid a contentious vote on his continued leadership to prevent the tarnishing of the institution of the House. Read more…