U.S. House Speaker John Boehner resigns
House leadership in Washington, D.C. is set for a shake-up after Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation on Friday.
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By: Benjamin Schoenkin, NewsNetNebraska
The news from Congress is no longer just about a potential government shutdown.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has announced he’s resigning.
“It’s become clear to me that this prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable harm to the institution, so this morning I informed my colleagues that I would resign from the speakership and resign from Congress at the end of October,” Boehner said during a press conference on Friday that appeared on NPR.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln political science professor John Hibbing said Boehner’s resignation shows he didn’t want to continue as a middleman between warring groups within the Republican Party.
“I am amazed that he hung in there as long as he did,” Hibbing said.
Hibbing said next week’s debate over Planned Parenthood funding and a potential government shutdown likely factored in the speaker’s decision.
“I think the Planned Parenthood shutdown circus that is about to unfold is certainly a big factor,” Hibbing said.
Hibbing believes Republicans will work quickly to select a new speaker before the next House session begins in January.
“I think most bets are that Kevin McCarthy who’s been the number two guy, the majority leader under the speaker would probably move up. We’ll see if the conservatives are okay with that, they probably will be,” Hibbing said.
Hibbing explained the process for Republicans to select a new speaker,“The choice of the Republican conference, then technically the entire House has to approve that but usually that’s a party line vote.”
Looming above today’s announcement; the nation will turn its attention to the possibility of a government shutdown next week if congressional leaders can’t come to terms on a revised federal budget.