John Boehner’s exit makes shutdown less likely

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Boehner’s Resignation Prompts Cheers Among GOP’s Right Wing.

On Friday, when he announced that he’d be resigning as the speaker of the House of Representatives and leaving Congress at the end of next month, I revised that view. WASHINGTON — At the White House, a stunned President Obama expressed hope for bipartisan progress as turmoil among Republicans ended Representative John A.WASHINGTON (AP) — The news of House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation brought hundreds of religious conservatives to their feet to cheer — and one after another, much of the Republican Party’s presidential class joined in their rejoicing. “I’m not here to bash anyone, but the time has come to turn the page,” said Florida Sen.The “regular guy with a big job” has seemed at the center of palace intrigue forever, a man to shake things up in the old days, to be plotted against on and off ever since.

But if the Ohio Republican chooses to travel the short distance between Capitol Hill and K Street’s famous lobbying firms, the son of a blue-collar bar owner likely will end up a very wealthy man. “He’ll get seven figures on the street,” said Tom Davis, a fellow Republican and former Virginia congressman who now lobbies for the financial-consulting giant Deloitte. “He’s got a lot of friends and allies in Congress. Marco Rubio, who shared the stunning development with the crowd at the annual Value Voters forum in Washington, where the rowdy cheers spanned 30 seconds. There was nothing regular about John Boehner’s rise and fall and rise and fall in the House, nothing constant except that tan and the smoke-filled rooms wherever he was allowed to light up. With each such move, the grip of what people think of as the Republican Party establishment — big business donors, official party leaders, congressional leaders whose tenure dates back more than a decade or so — is loosened a bit more.

On Capitol Hill, the conservatives who had again felled one of their leaders rallied to name the terms for the next person to wield the speaker’s gavel. Emboldened tea party leaders across the nation celebrated, too, on a remarkable day for a GOP starkly divided between its ardent ideologues and its pragmatic establishment.

Boehner’s announced exit as House speaker and from Congress altogether caps a political career that began as the head of a homeowners association in an Ohio neighborhood and made him second in line to the presidency. And on Wall Street, fear set in at the prospect of another showdown over the government’s ability to pay its debt, support its export businesses and simply keep its doors open.

House Majority leader who replaced Eric Cantor following his 2014 re-election bid loss, is being viewed as a natural, leading contender to replace Boehner. A firm opponent of abortion rights, he was essentially undone by disaffection from conservatives who want to push an anti-abortion struggle over Planned Parenthood financing to the point of closing the government, a step too far for him. He was once one of the agitators — a member of the Newt Gingrich Gang of Seven who seized the Republican congressional agenda, then the reins of House power, in the 1990s.

One of our two major political parties is hostage to an extreme subgroup that won’t brook compromise, values theatrical protests over actual governing and is adolescent in its ideological vanity. Boehner’s sudden announcement on Friday that he will step down from the speakership and leave the House on Oct. 30 has thrown Washington into deep uncertainty.

If conservatives unite, we win.” The Republican establishment repeatedly beat back conservative challenges in the 2014 midterm elections, helping to give their party control of both chambers of Congress. He’s had had a quick rise: In 2006, McCarthy (who previously served on the California State Assembly) won a congressional seat after being endorsed by retiring House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas. And Boehner said in his resignation announcement Friday that “McCarthy would be an excellent speaker.” “I am not announcing a run for any leadership position because I currently don’t believe our conference or our leadership can be successful until we confront the underlying issues that have led to this moment.” In addition, the chamber’s No. 3 Republican, House Majority Whip Louisiana Rep.

Boehner, a savvy political fundraiser with strong ties to Washington’s business establishment, will leave Congress “as a respected speaker who tried his best,” said Julian Ha, top executive with the recruiting firm Heidrick & Struggles. “He will be able to write his own ticket,” Ha said, ticking off options. Meanwhile, in the nascent 2016 presidential campaign, establishment favourite Jeb Bush has been marginalised by populist voters more enamoured of complete outsiders Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson. Conservatives have been deeply frustrated ever since, particularly as President Barack Obama enjoyed victories over congressional Republicans on health care, the Iran nuclear agreement and efforts to block federal funding to Planned Parenthood. “John Boehner’s decision to resign … is a victory for the millions of grassroots conservatives who worked tirelessly to elect conservatives to control the Congress,” said Jenny Beth Martin, president of the Tea Party Patriots. In 2008, leading House Republicans in the minority, he lectured draggy members to get off their “dead asses.” He accused Obama of moving goalposts in budget brinkmanship and trying to “annihilate” the GOP. House rules require a one-year cooling-off period before former members of the chamber can lobby their former colleagues, but many ex-lawmakers quickly secure posts that allow them to provide behind-the-scenes advice to corporations and other groups seeking to influence federal policy.

Obama had his own frustrations with the speaker, although his most memorable line about Boehner was a tease about his tan. “He is a person of color,” Obama cracked in 2009, suggesting a common racial heritage. “Although not a color that appears in the natural world.” Both smiled over that. In 2008, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, a Mississippi Republican, and ex-Louisiana senator John Breaux set up shop as the Breaux-Lott Leadership Group and took in $30.8 million in lobbying income over a three-year period.

The tea-party movement will continue to work to make that happen.” The Boehner ouster — and that’s really what it was — was the immediate result of a fight about whether to shut down the government over funding for Planned Parenthood over abortion, one in which Democratic opposition and the math of votes in the Senate suggest there is not a path to success. Boehner’s departure and the election of a new speaker will break the fever among conservatives, who have been plotting his downfall for over a year, and grant his replacement a grace period. My only request is, ‘Can you come more often?’” Real estate mogul Donald Trump, who has ridden a wave of frustration with politics and anyone with ties to government to front-runner status in the GOP’s presidential contest, called Republican congressional leaders like Boehner “babies.” “We are so disappointed with the Republican establishment,” Trump said. While the spending plan in its original form, which would have cut federal, non-security discretionary spending to levels not seen before the depression, was not approved, the fact that the budget passed was seen as a sign as GOP unity. 3. Boehner summed up the lawmakers he was overseeing this way in 2011 to the Wall Street Journal columnist and Ronald Reagan speechwriter, Peggy Noonan: “We got some of the smartest people in the country who serve here, and some of the dumbest.

However, ascending to the speakership will be difficult for any of them, considering a relatively small-but-powerful number of House Republicans who repeatedly suggested Boehner and his leadership team wasn’t conservative enough and tried derailed several legislative initiatives. The billionaire suggested that while some people may like Boehner personally, “we want people who are going to get it done.” “How can it be that we’ve sent a Republican majority to Congress, and yet they still not able to stop our country from sliding in the wrong direction?” asked Rubio, a Republican member of Congress himself. They most recently tried to make defunding Planned Parenthood part of a spending bill that must be passed by Wednesday to avoid a partial government shutdown.

Veteran ex-senator Chris Dodd, a Democrat who once oversaw the Senate banking panel, earned $3.28 million in 2013 as head of the Motion Picture Association of America, the group’s tax returns show. We’ve got ’em all.” Still, he loved the institution and brought a poker-faced demeanor to it, though with heavy eyes that welled up at the slightest poignant moment.

Establishment figures think Republicans prosper by showing voters they can govern effectively, even if that means tactical compromises, and will steadily gain power in doing so. In 2013, Boehner was worth anywhere between $2.3 million and $6.79 million, according to the most recent analysis of his financial-disclosure reports by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics. What an odd end to an extraordinary week, and not just because the pope addressed Congress — a history-making first — and pleaded for a spirit of collaboration, common purpose and amity, only for Boehner’s announcement to underscore how fugitive and far away that spirit remains.

Jeb Hensarling, Texas; Pete Roskam, Illinois; and Tom Price, Georgia, are among the chamber’s most conservative members and among those mentioned as possible Boehner replacements. Lawmakers report their assets, income and liabilities in broad ranges only. “I don’t know that I see the traditional, post-congressional career for him,” said former Ohio congressman Steve LaTourette, a Boehner ally who now oversees the Washington lobbying arm of a Cleveland-based law firm. It was unusual, too, because if the Republicans hadn’t been imploding, the conversation might well have been about the Democrats’ woes, or rather Hillary Clinton’s problems. Boehner, he said, might opt to spend more time with family and look for ways to “re-dedicate” himself to the Catholic charity work he supported during his time in Congress. On Thursday, a national poll showed Clinton losing to Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson and Jeb Bush — but not to Donald Trump — in hypothetical matchups.

Rick Santorum, another 2016 presidential contender, railed against Republicans in Congress who backed down, even when given the opportunity to focus American’s attention on “the horror of abortion.” At roughly the same time that Santorum and other were toasting Boehner’s resignation, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus praised him as “a tireless advocate for conservative principles.” In a written statement issued by his office, Priebus said, “our party owes him a great debt.” Former Florida Gov. Second oldest in a Catholic family of 12 in the northern Cincinnati suburb of Reading, Boehner swept floors in his father’s bar, played high-school football and worked his way through university. He’s fiercely against abortion: McCarthy has called on Congress to immediately defund Planned Parenthood following the controversy surrounding secret video about the organization about its use of fetal tissue. 5.

He joined the Vietnam War-era Navy, lasted only weeks because of back problems, returned to college and climbed the ranks of a plastics and packaging company to the top. Mr Boehner, long under fire from conservatives within his own party, announced on Friday local time he would resign on October 30, weakened by the antiestablishment sentiment that helped bring an abrupt end to his quarter-century career in Congress. And with reports that the F.B.I. was successfully retrieving emails that had supposedly been wiped from her private server, it became clearer than ever that this particular chapter isn’t close to over. They really haven’t stayed true to conservative values,” said Pam Anderson, a marina manager who traveled to the conference from Panama City, Florida.

He’s against the Export-Import bank: McCarthy has spoken out against renewing the federal lending agency, which the GOP-led Congress allowed to go out of business this summer. Boehner said he had only decided that morning to leave his powerful perch. “You know when you make a decision this morning, you … really haven’t had any time to think about what I’m going to do in the future,” Boehner told reporters during an emotional news conference. “I have no idea, but I do know this: I’m doing this today for the right reasons, and you know what? It’s an issue that has divided the party, with supporters arguing it’s crucial for small American businesses and that the ban evens the playing field with foreign companies. There he soon became a lieutenant of the rabble-rousing Gingrich, who as mid-1990s speaker steered him to No. 4 in House leadership, with a plush office and a taste of power and the high life for a man who loves his Merlot wine and golfing. Mr Boehner, one of 12 siblings, frequently discussed his own unlikely journey from his blue-collar Ohio upbringing to the helm of Washington power, often leaking a few emotional tears that became a trademark of his appearances.

The chamber’s most conservative group is the House Freedom Caucus, which unofficially has about 35 to 38 members — including about 15 of the 25 who voted against Boehner in the speaker’s election in January, according to Roll Call and The New York Times. Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan, the three lawmakers founded the popular Young Guns Program which hopes to build the next generation of conservative leaders. 7. But Mr McCarthy’s ascension could trigger a wide-open and unpredictable race for his position as majority leader, pitting conservatives emboldened by Mr Boehner’s departure against centrist Republicans incensed by the right flank’s role in curtailing the speaker’s tenure. “The honour of John Boehner today stands in sharp contrast to the self-serving idiocy of those in our party who continue to seek to divide us,” said Representative David Jolly of Florida. But the real showdown looms on Dec. 11, when a stopgap spending bill expected to pass this week would expire, meaning Congress and the president would have to find a way to fund the government through next September and raise its borrowing limit. The new speaker, elevated to the country’s third-highest constitutional post by a conservative rebellion, will face demands from those same rebels to extract concessions from a president who has little to lose by standing firm.

He’s a former deli-owner: After winning $5,000 from the lottery in California when he was 19 years old, McCarthy opened “Kevin O’s Deli,” eventually selling the business and using the funds to attend California State University in Bakersfield. 9. Boehner walked to the local Starbucks for coffee and later Pete’s Diner, his regular Capitol Hill eatery He got home and thought, “Yep — today’s the day.” He informed his senior staff of his decision at an 8:45 meeting. Republicans were supposed to adopt a friendlier face to immigrants and a warmer embrace of diversity, but immigrant bashing and fear of Muslims have been dominant themes of the primary contest so far.

And he warps the whole field of candidates, drawing others into ludicrous spats, yanking them toward stances they might not take so easily, turning the spectacle into a farce. He said Friday that a day after a historic high point — the pope’s visit and speech to Congress, Boehner’s longtime goal — he awoke and decided this was the day.

And I think maybe most importantly, he’s somebody who understands that in government, in governance, you don’t get 100 per cent of what you want, but you have to work with people who you disagree with — sometimes strongly — in order to do the people’s business.” In a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 72 per cent of Republican primary voters said they were dissatisfied with the ability of Mr Boehner and Senator McConnell to achieve Republican goals. Yes, complete Republican control of Washington isn’t in their interests, spells trouble on several policy fronts and could create a Supreme Court we’d be haunted by for a long time. During Boehner’s encounter with the pope, he reportedly agonized aloud over the neckwear he’d chosen, saying that he’d been inclined toward a blue tie but had listened to his staff and gone with green.

There could be a longer-term budget agreement that also deals with raising the nation’s debt ceiling, and possibly even a major infrastructure bill, long talked about and long stalled. “John’s not going to leave for another 30 days, so hopefully he feels like getting as much stuff done as he possibly can,” Mr. Fix-It on his way out the door. “Essentially, Boehner is the kindergarten teacher who is leaving his flock unsupervised and wants to get all the sharp objects out of the room before he goes off into the sunset,” Mr. Boehner had openly clashed with, and thought he had bested, claimed victory on Friday and immediately began organizing to elect a more strident conservative to lead the House through Mr. Worries about his right flank helped prompt him last year to embrace the demise of the Export-Import Bank, the 81-year-old federal export credit agency, which has long had bipartisan support but has of late become a target for conservatives.

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