John Boehner’s path to power

26 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A look at Speaker Boehner’s career in Congress.

From a political career that started on the Union Township, Ohio, Board of Trustees, John Boehner rose to second in line to succeed the president. 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.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. Highlights of Boehner’s career in the House: September 2015: Informed the Republican caucus in a closed-door session he will resign from Congress at the end of October.

Kevin McCarthy has risen to the upper reaches of House leadership mostly on the basis of his people skills and political smarts rather than his policy chops. 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. 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. Precisely a year prior, John Boehner was doing one of the things he does best: Crisscrossing the country to raise campaign cash for House Republican candidates. Ted Cruz’s sense of humor, in rare form Friday at the Value Voters Summit, where he called President Barack Obama a communist and threatened assassination of Iran’s supreme leader? “Media all across the world are reporting on this historic meeting of the world’s most powerful communist — and the president of China,” Cruz quipped, drawing laughter from a ballroom full of conservative activists.

The announcement came one day after a high point of Boehner’s 25-year congressional career, a historic speech by Pope Francis to the Republican-controlled Congress at Boehner’s request. The California Republican, who is the overwhelming favorite to succeed John Boehner as speaker, has relied on those skills to navigate the treacherous waters of the fractious GOP conference.

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. Specifically, that day, the House Speaker was in Portland, Maine, headlining a closed-door fundraiser for a former state treasurer named Bruce Poliquin, who was locked in a tight, open-seat battle to represent the state’s sprawling northern reaches. July-September 2015: Pressed by tea party lawmakers to threaten again a partial government shutdown unless federal funding for Planned Parenthood ends.

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. With less than five months before Iowa’s presidential caucuses, Boehner’s downfall served as a victory for its conservative wing and a rallying cry for those who seek to ride its frustrations to the White House. “If we are splintered, a moderate establishment candidate runs up the middle with 23 percent of the vote, steals the nomination and then loses to Hillary Clinton in the general election,” said Texas Sen. They complained that Boehner wasn’t fighting hard enough to strip Planned Parenthood of government funds, even though doing so risked a government shutdown next week. The crowd was on its feet for much of his 20-minute speech, as he skewered Hillary Clinton and Democrats, vowed to abolish the IRS and Education Department, protect Israel, shred Obamacare and reverse all manner of Obama-era policies. “If you vote for Hillary you are voting for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons,” he said, denouncing the pending nuclear deal. “If you vote for me, under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. Bush. “He has given selflessly and tirelessly of his energy, and I would think every Republican would be grateful to him for his contributions to and leadership of not only our great party, but also the U.S.

Boehner dismissed the threat of a floor vote from conservatives on whether he could continue as speaker if he didn’t comply, a formal challenge that hadn’t happened in over 100 years. But conservatives frustrated with Boehner’s willingness to strike deals with Democrats see an ally in McCarthy, who cut his teeth as an aide to powerful former Rep. 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.

Boehner, a Catholic, said he woke up, said his prayers and decided “today’s the day I’m going to do this.” Boehner said he told House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the No. 2 House Republican, about two minutes before he addressed a closed-door meeting of House Republicans Friday morning. They almost precipitated the nation’s first debt default in 2011, forced a disastrous government shutdown in 2013, and made progress on major compromises in a still-divided government impossible. March 2015: Engineered with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi an extraordinary bipartisan accord that let both parties claim credit for strengthening the finances of the costly Medicare health care program, in particular, doctors’ fees. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., among those who helped push Boehner out. “It’s fair to say that if Kevin were to run he would be able to draw votes from across the conference.” In the hours after Boehner’s shocking announcement, McCarthy stayed quiet, but GOP lawmakers said he was a likely bet to win the top job. 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.

I doubt this group of obstructionists will be supportive of whomever succeeds John as speaker, but we can always hope they will become team players.” — Former Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole. “Speaker Boehner was able to transform a broken and dispirited Republican minority into the largest Republican majority since the 1920s. Unlike Boehner or previous Democratic speakers like Tom Foley of Washington or Jim Wright of Texas, McCarthy has never chaired a committee — and lacks a signature legislative accomplishment like the No Child Left Behind education law that Boehner help shepherd through Congress during President George W.

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. So in hotel ballrooms and private living rooms across the country, Boehner spent last fall making an explicit appeal to Republican business types: Contribute to the cause of electing a “governing majority” — that is, one with enough padding to ensure Boehner could ignore his troublesome right flank (“knuckleheads,” as he called them in one such session) while marshaling votes from more cooperative members to actually get stuff done. 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. 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. House of Representatives, it reminds us of the continuing promise of this country.” — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “I have not always agreed and I wasn’t always happy with what John told me.

His tenure has been defined by his early struggles to reach budget agreements with Obama and his wrestling with the expectations of tea party conservatives who abhorred his tendencies toward deal-making. 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. With his unnatural-looking tan, relaxed and sociable demeanor, love of golf and well-known tendency to cry in public, Boehner was widely popular among House Republicans. September-October 2013: In a low point for the speaker, conservatives ignored his advice and embraced a politically disastrous strategy of partially shutting down the government for 16 days in a futile effort to force repeal of Obama’s new health care law. Which means, orange really is the new black.” “Listen, I play golf, I ride a bike, I cut my own grass, my mother is dark-complected, so I’m a little dark,” he told Jay Leno last year. “There’s no tanning beds, no spray anything, never, not once ever, ever nothing.” Boehner isn’t shy about his fondness for a nice wine and a drag on a Camel (the brand he took up when his beloved Barclays were discontinued).

On Jan 6., after swearing in an historic majority, Boehner made history again, suffering the biggest intraparty defection against his reelection as House leader in more than 150 years. December 2012: Held high-stakes negotiations with Obama to avoid a showdown on the “fiscal cliff,” a combination of across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases that economists warned could send the U.S. economy teetering back into recession. But McCarthy parted ways with Boehner in early 2013 on a vote to increase tax rates on wealthier filers and, more recently, sided with conservatives who made a cause celebre of opposing the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance purchases of U.S. exports by foreign buyers.

His word was always good.” — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. “The resignation of the speaker is a stark indication of the disarray of the House Republicans. Boehner was unable to muster the Republican votes to support a compromise reached with Obama. “God only knows” how a deal can be reached now, Boehner declared before heading out for the holidays. 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. 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. 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.

Also on the agenda, Congress has until Oct. 29 to renew federal highway programs, and the government’s ability to pay its bills expires around Oct. 30. The evidence lies in the work undone on Boehner’s business-friendly agenda: a Pacific trade deal enabled but incomplete; an Ex-Im bank in liquidation; infrastructure investment imperiled rather than expanded; tax and immigration overhauls as remote as ever. They really haven’t stayed true to conservative values,” said Pam Anderson, a marina manager who traveled to the conference from Panama City, Florida. That means Congress will have to extend the government’s borrowing authority or face a first-ever federal default. “I’m not going to sit around here and do nothing for the next 30 days,” Boehner said. “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done. 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.

November 2010: Led the charge against pork-barrel projects known as “earmarks” for several years before House Republicans formally agreed to a two-year prohibition of the legislative provisions that funnel money to lawmakers’ favorite projects, often in their districts. Following the emotional apogee of a papal visit the devout Catholic had spent years angling to secure, the Ohio Republican felt the moment had arrived and moved up the announcement. November 2006: Elected House Republican minority leader when Democrats won control in the midterm election, easily succeeding acting leader Roy Blunt.

February 2006: Succeeded Tom DeLay as majority leader, the House’s No. 2 Republican, when DeLay was indicted on improper fundraising charges and stepped aside. Promised a steady hand and changes for Republicans tinged by election-year scandal. 2001: Worked throughout the year as the Education Committee’s chairman with liberal Democrats, including Massachusetts Sen. And federal law allows him to use the more than $1.1 million in his leadership political action committee more liberally — for mortgage payments, a boat purchase, or whatever, really. In March, he switched from his opposition to term limits of service in Congress. 1991: Was ringleader of the so-called Gang of Seven House freshmen who pressed for strict ethical behavior from then-majority Democrats and insisted on public disclosure of those who had overdrafts at the House bank. 1990: First elected to the House at age 40, after winning the 8th District’s Republican primary that ousted a scandal-marred Donald “Buz” Lukens.

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