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Friday, October 28, 2016

By David Lawder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Blasting hard-line conservatives as “false prophets,” U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday said Congress will avoid a government shutdown this week and he will push through as much unfinished legislation as possible before leaving at the end of October.

Speaking on CBS’ Face the Nation two days after his surprise resignation, he said the House this week would pass a Senate-authored government funding bill that does not meet conservatives’ demands to cut off money for Planned Parenthood.

Asked if passage would require Democratic votes, he responded: “I’m sure it will, but I suspect my Democratic colleagues want to keep the government open as much as I do.”

The Ohio Republican also announced that he would convene a special committee to investigate Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices, similar to the one probing deadly attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

Boehner resigned amid deep divisions among House Republicans over a range of issues including a Sept. 30 deadline to approve new funding for federal agencies.

Conservative Republicans, some of whom have called for his ouster, have insisted on punishing Planned Parenthood by denying funds over allegations that the non-profit group improperly sold tissue harvested from aborted fetuses.

Planned Parenthood denies any wrongdoing.

As Republicans jockeyed for influence in the race to replace him, Boehner lashed out at the conservative groups and lawmakers who made his position untenable, including Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, calling them “false prophets” who made “unrealistic” demands.

He said they “whip people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things they know, they know are never going to happen.”

Boehner said he would clear as much of Congress’ to-do-list as he could but did not name specific bills.

Congress faces several important fiscal deadlines, including a transportation spending bill needed in October and a larger budget deal that would go beyond the 10-week extension to be passed next week.

An increase in the federal debt ceiling also will be needed by December and lawmakers from both parties want to revive the idled U.S. Export-Import Bank, which Boehner has long supported.

The speaker’s resignation frees him to put legislation to House votes without fear of a move to oust him.

“I expect that I might have a little more cooperation from some around town to get as much finished as possible,” Boehner said. “I don’t want to leave my successor a dirty barn.”

(Additional reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Tom Heneghan and Andrew Hay)

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) publicly announces his resignation as Speaker and from the U.S. Congress at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, September 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

  • rednekokie

    At least he is now admitting that the H of R is indeed a dirty barn.
    I am gaining a bit more respect for this man now — although the level is still quite low.
    It appears to have been a case of the tail wagging the dog all along. This is sad, because he supposedly was a leader — and a leader’s job is to lead, not to be led.

    • Carolyn1520

      You can lead the horse and all that but the ilk he is attempting to lead have their own agenda and it was never to assimilate into the GOP, it was to take it over. They would have had no traction as a third party so when the GOP invited them in to increase their diminishing ranks, it was the perfect opportunity. Now the parasites have killed the host.

      • rednekokie

        They remind me of the old Dixiecrats, who attempted the same thing in the democratic party. And partly succeeded — but finally gave up when the republicans, under Reagan, proved to be an easier match.

        Pitiful, it is.

      • oldtack

        Everyone needs to read the “history” of the German Democratic Government from 1919 to 1933. After the War Adolf Hitler was employed by the Government ot infiltrate and report on a group, The German Workers Party suspected by the Government of planning organized opposition to the Government. Adolf completed the assignment but he was swayed by a lot of the rhetoric of the German Workers Party. You must take into account that Hitler was a decorated Soldier and had suffered almost permanent blindness from an Allied Army Gas attack ( yes, our side was a guilty as their side in this matter)) Like many of our Soldiers he was upset with the end of the War because he thought Germany could have own. And, he despised the Treaty of Versailles He became involved with the GWP and eventually they formed the National Socialist Republic Party later to be known as the Nazi Party.
        .Rudimentary platform was to openly oppose any thing proffered by the GDR which was only possible if they walked lock-Step as one. There could be no deviation. They managed to get a few of their party elected and then the battle began. They walked lock step and opposed everything put forth by the GDR. By 1927 they had grown in numbers and power and this year saw the collapse of the Treasury and the Economy of the Country was in shambles.. Caused by them but blamed on the GDR.. They finally took over the Government and from 1933 to 1945 they ruled
        Does that scenario sound familiar? Lock Step, opposition to everything. Quick to cast the blame for their idiocy on the Government. Quick to turn on and destroy anyone opposed to their ideology. Sounds like the TP to me.

        • History repeating itself.. Different faces, same agenda.. Start at the bottom and devour your way up. If luck is with us we won’t be hoodwinked as the German people were. In this society it’s always been Dem-Rep, without that balance we would be lost.. To become a great nation again, we must lose this tradition.

        • waggaze

          I agree with your statement and Hitler’s 1934 Germany came to the US in the form of a coup attempt by DuPont, Wall Street, US Steel, Hurst and other industrialists against FDR in 1934. Please Google FDR in 1934 and General Butler where you will find that Preston Bush, the Dulles Bros, (the Koch bros of today), and others live to fight another day with no indictments for treason. Sound familiar?

          • oldtack

            Prescott Bush was a director and shareholder of Companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany”The financial architects of Nazism. His business dealings continued until his company’s assets were seized by the Government in 1942 under the Trading With The Enemies Act. However he was never censured nor ever faced trial for his actions. This was the beginning of the Bush Fortune and the Bush Political Dynasty.The Dulles Brothers, John Foster and Allen were equally as culpable in such endeavors as was Prescott Bush.

            For the good of mankind Prescott Bush, Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles are all rotting in the ground as is Hitler. But the specter has once more reared its head n the form of the Koch Brothers and the Tea Party. Walk Lock Strp. No Deviation under threat of expulsion, Anti Government in all things, No way but Tea Party Way. I feel this will all culminate in 2016 whether by a complete takeover or by total dissoulution of the USA as we know it.

          • waggaze

            A man who knows how history will repeat itself in our time starting with Reagan walking forward since not one of those involved in the coup attempt in 1934 were ever brought to justice. Not one person heeded Eisenhower’s warnings of the MIC either as he knew what had happened and was about to repeat itself. Look what we have now. Anarchists in the form of the Teabaggers, Republicans and the Believers trying to shape this nation in their view of a utopian world.

          • oldtack

            agreed. History repeats because we tend to forget the lesson history taught.

          • waggaze

            And in 1934 it was purposely buried so the mainstream American would know nothing about a coup attempt and real reasons these corporations are hell-bent on controlling labor, health care and each and every aspect that makes them rich such as wars.

    • Bill

      I agree he was never a leader, I don’t believe that will change, a coward to the end.

  • waggaze

    With Boehner resigning it is a definite sign of an internal meltdown of the Republican/Teaparty and other factions within said party. America is in store for a rough time until the voters are able to cut this cancer from our political machine. The Christian Taliban Sharia are destroying this country over partisan politics and bigotry.

    • Larry Gagnon

      The most interesting thing about deeply religious people is that they do not see the inevitable conflict that will arise within their group when the next issue-of-the-day comes to the forefront. The second most interesting thing is that they can maintain the belief that they are 100% correct on a specific issue and anyone disagreeing with them is 100% wrong. You have to admit that the current political environment is not all gloom and doom: Fox News vs. Donald Trump; a potential Republican black nominee; Ms. Davis claiming that religious liberty justifies interfering with your office’s duties while continuing to get paid for carrying out your office’s duties; etc. Old Chinese curse: may you live in interesting times.

      • waggaze

        You have made a good point which is a truism. I recall when they all rallied against evolution but today they are divided on this subject. What will be next. I hate to think but they are now divided about freedom of marriage. Religion has served its usefulness and hopefully it will go out of vogue.

        • Larry Gagnon

          Hi Waggaze: I personally envy religious people because they have every reason to believe that their future will soon take a turn for the better. I have been around quite a few older people grasping firmly to their bible during their very last days alive. Their tenacity strongly indicates that religion still plays a valuable role. I suspect that there are many people who could not bear life’s burdens without believing that some invisible guy (god is usually perceived as a guy) is “on their side”. I would not try to yank that support away from them. Legal marriage should be seen as completely distinct from religious marriage, so that certain religions can continue to not recognize same-sex marriages. Such religions will then be faced with the reality that after 30 or 40 years, most marriages evolve into same sex or no sex marriages.

          • waggaze

            My father and mother were devout Christians and firmly believed in faith healing until the twilight of their lives. It was at that time we observed otherwise as though all they believed were falsehoods. At the age of 12 I immediately recognized Christianity for what it was, nothing but a fable fed to the masses so they would not revolt. Sad but true.

          • Larry Gagnon

            Hi Waggaze: Very sorry to hear that you lost your parents so early. I do think that faith healing is a dangerous risk. I would guess that very few Christians rely solely on faith healing. (But the mind-body partnership is complex; otherwise, placebos would not be so effective.) I do not understand your characterization of Christianity. I do think that religions and governments and other power centers attempt to control and limit perspectives in order to maintain power. Perhaps that is your point. I believe that the motives of many in religious hierarchies are more salutary.

  • opinioned1

    The bagger are one step away from implosion. The first scream of “NO” the next 30 days begins the end of the extremist.

  • latebloomingrandma

    Why don’t they get rid of the Hastert rule? Hastert has been gone for years and his so called rule has caused much damage and division. It does not encourage compromise or any kind of collegiality.

  • 1standlastword

    This is what happens when political parties carve out gerrymander districts; this time with the republicans clumping hardcore conservative constituencies together in our Southern and Heartland states: the US government held hostage by 30 to 40 radicals headed by the likes of Ted Cruz (who will NEVER be POTUS!!)

    Karl Rove must now realize he can’t achieve his wet dream of permanent conservative party rule in the states without breaking the government at the federal level, causing critical damage to our republic and democratic process

    Way to go Turd Blossom!

  • DOC

    Looks like RATS leaving the ship.