Boehner Lashes Out At Republican Hardliners, Says The Gov’t Will Stay Open
News outlets report on House Speaker John Boehner's Sunday morning talk show appearances during which he talked about his decision to resign from Congress and his frustration with others who encourage members to pursue strategies that "are never going to happen."
Boehner Unloads On GOP's 'False Prophets'
In his first one-on-one interview since his resignation announcement, Speaker John Boehner blasted right-wing lawmakers and groups as “false prophets” who “whip people into a frenzy” to make legislative demands that “are never going to happen.” The Ohio Republican also declared on CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday that there won’t be a government shutdown this week, though he’s “sure” it will take Democratic votes to pass a temporary funding extension. (Zapler, 9/27)
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Republican Hard-Liners Are ‘False Prophets,’ Boehner Says
Boehner referred, as he has in the past, to the ill-fated 2013 shutdown over funding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare: "This plan never had a chance," he said, but he blamed outside forces for leading Republicans down an ill-advised path: "We got groups here in town, members of the House and Senate here in town, who whip people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things that they know — they know! — are never going to happen." (DeBonis, 9/27)
The Washington Post:
Boehner: There Will Be No Government Shutdown; Select Committee Will Probe Planned Parenthood
In his first major interview since announcing his pending resignation, House Speaker John A. Boehner vowed Sunday that there will be no government shutdown at the end of the month — adding that he will impanel a select committee to investigate Planned Parenthood after "undercover" videos renewed outrage among conservatives about government funding for the women's health provider. (Lowery and DeBonis, 9/27)
Boehner's Health Care Legacy: Replacing SGR, Obamacare Battles
John Boehner, who made a surprise announcement Friday that he will resign as House speaker, leaves behind a health care legacy that includes a long-sought overhaul of how Medicare pays doctors and spearheading a pending lawsuit that could still hobble Obamacare. (Demko, 9/25)
What Boehner's Exit Means For The Ongoing Obamacare Battles
The House will likely carry on with its lawsuit against the Obama administration over the Affordable Care Act without John Boehner, who plans to step down as House speaker next month. But his resignation probably means that hopes for legislative tweaks to the law are dead for now. Boehner (R-Ohio) disclosed his plans first to fellow Republicans and then during a news conference Friday afternoon. (Schencker, 9/25)