John Boehner’s Announcement to Step down lowers Chances of Government Shutdown

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Boehner Says He’ll Get Lots Done in Last Month as Speaker.

Speaker John Boehner says he’s determined to clean up some of the mess of a politically gridlocked Congress in his final month before his successor takes over the House. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is on track to advance legislation to prevent the government from shutting down after a midnight Wednesday deadline, but a wrinkle remains.

The Ohio Republican says a spending bill to keep the government running will pass and there will be no shutdown when money runs out at midnight Wednesday. Louis last fall, the California Republican was midway through a story about his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers’ 1988 World Series win when that team’s manager appeared unexpectedly. Kevin McCarthy tosses out a catch phrase that’s popular in this southern tip of the San Joaquin Valley: “Once a Driller, always a Driller.” It’s a hometown high school thing. Under his leadership, Republicans pursued an unprecedented strategy of scorched-earth obstructionism, which did immense damage to the economy and undermined America’s credibility around the world.

Beyond that, he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday he expects “I might have a little more cooperation from some around town to try to get as much finished as possible.” “I don’t want to leave my successor a dirty barn,” he said. It’s also a not-too-subtle message that the Republican congressman remembers where he came from — a gritty town built by ranchers and roughnecks, and bypassed by big city folks speeding along Interstate 5. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and tea partyers in the House who want the taxpayer money withheld from the women’s health care provider after the release of secret videos in which Planned Parenthood officials discussed the transfer of fetal tissue to researchers.

The White House signaled that Obama would sign the measure, called a continuing resolution, or CR, into law — if the House steps aside from the fight that tea party Republicans want over Planned Parenthood. Boehner as speaker of the House of Representatives, an ascension that would make him one of the most powerful politicians in the nation, friends and foes alike in the Central Valley want and expect him to remember those roots. Boehner unloaded against conservatives long outraged that even with control of both houses of Congress, Republicans have not succeeded on key agenda items, such as repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law and striking taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood. Boehner’s defining moment remains what he said and did as House minority leader in early 2009, when a newly inaugurated President Obama was trying to cope with the disastrous recession that began under his predecessor. Boehner’s shocking announcement on Friday that he’ll retire from Congress at the end of next month promises to ease passage of the measure through a shell-shocked House.

Ted Cruz, a “jackass.” “Absolutely they’re unrealistic,” Boehner said. “The Bible says, ‘Beware of false prophets.’ And there are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done.” Boehner’s resignation announcement Friday stunned Washington but was long in the making after years of turmoil with the same House conservatives who propelled the GOP into the House majority on a tea party-style, cut-it-or-shut it platform. Such is life for the fireman’s son from Bakersfield, Calif., who parlayed a winning lottery ticket into a successful sandwich shop, then to eventually rise to the pinnacle of American politics. The son of a firefighter, he married his high school sweetheart, Judy, and is often spotted at the bustling Luigi’s restaurant, a downtown haunt, on Friday nights. First elected not even a decade ago, the Californian rose to be majority leader, his current position, after the shocking primary defeat of his predecessor, Eric Cantor of Virginia, in 2014. But Senate veteran John McCain, R-Ariz., said Monday the overwhelming majority of his colleagues would oppose ousting McConnell. “There’s no chance of that happening,” McCain told MSNBC.

But they don’t see government tightening its belt.” And he called for government to “go on a diet.” This was know-nothing economics, and incredibly irresponsible at a time of crisis; not long ago it would have been hard to imagine a major political figure making such a statement. He hopes McCarthy, with his well-honed political skills and genuine pleasant nature, will be able to navigate the partisan treachery and defuse the Republican uprising in Congress that led to Boehner’s departure, announced Friday. Democrats and most Senate Republicans are likely to help the measure over the 60-vote threshold this time, setting the stage for a final vote as early as Tuesday. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announced a vote Tuesday on a separate filibuster-proof budget measure that would defund Planned Parenthood.

The next speaker is expected to have an even more difficult time because party hardliners who pushed Boehner to resign have become emboldened and are pushing harder to resist compromise. It would permit Republicans to deliver to Obama a measure to take away almost $500 million a year in taxpayer funding for the organization, most of which goes to provide health services to low-income women via the Medicaid program. McCarthy said during a series of interviews over the past year. “I just don’t give up.” Still, he would inherit a series of messy legislative problems that could require him to risk alienating colleagues before he even acclimates to the new job, including deadlines to fund the government, increase the nation’s borrowing authority and finance billions in transportation projects. “The next person in line, whoever that is, is going to face the same difficult task of keeping a very broad conference together,” said Rep. Bakersfield is the largest city in McCarthy’s 23nd congressional district, which swallows up most of Kern and Tulare counties and stretches from the southwest San Joaquin Valley to the Mojave Desert.

Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina were among the GOP candidates who said Boehner’s departure showed it was time for the party to move on. “I hope now that we will move on and have leadership in both the House and the Senate that will produce results,” Fiorina said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Ohio Gov. Or was he engaged in deliberate sabotage, trying to block measures that would help the economy because a bad economy would be good for Republican electoral prospects? For nearly a year, McConnell, now the Senate’s Republican majority leader, has insisted there would be no repeat, even as conservatives dug in. “We told people to give us the Senate and things would be different. The Boehner era has been one in which Republicans have accepted no responsibility for helping to govern the country, in which they have opposed anything and everything the president proposes.

What’s more, it has been an era of budget blackmail, in which threats that Republicans will shut down the government or push it into default unless they get their way have become standard operating procedure. The Republican leadership in Congress, which includes McCarthy as Boehner’s top deputy, failed to take a hard line to repeal the Affordable Care Art, eliminate the national debt or rein in Obama by taking impeachment “off the table,” Pavich said. “His response to us is that he hasn’t always been able to vote his conscience, because the leadership has asked him to vote in certain ways,” Pavich said. “Now that he’s going to be speaker, that’ll be his decision.

He and other party leaders were forced this year to pull two high-profile measures, a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and a replacement for the No Child Left Behind education law, amid resistance from various GOP factions. So hopefully we’ll see a much more conservative voting record … by him and Congress.” Since being elected to Congress in 2006, McCarthy made his presence known in California by clashing with Democrats and environmentalists over his efforts to bring more water to farmers, and by aggressively opposing any federal involvement in the high-speed rail system championed by Gov.

On immigration, McCarthy takes a more nuanced approach: His district is 35% Latino and dominated by an agricultural industry dependent on farmworkers. The congressman sticks to the party line by calling for tougher border enforcement and against “amnesty” but has expressed support for providing legal documentation for law-abiding migrants to work and pay taxes. McCarthy and his deputies overcame conservative and liberal resistance to approve new rules to ease the passage of trade bills, a priority for President Barack Obama. In protest, UFW demonstrators have continually camped outside McCarthy’s office in Bakersfield. “We expect more from him,” said UFW President Arturo Rodriguez, who on Saturday was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the grape strike in Delano. “If he’s in that position, he’s the leader. The weakness of spending has, in turn, been a major headwind delaying recovery, probably the single biggest reason it has taken so long to bounce back from the 2007-2009 recession.

McCarthy, in a sign of his growing confidence, made the announcement to vote on the bill after Republicans defeated a workers-aid package that Democrats wanted to support the underlying legislation. McCarthy approaches his job with the zeal of an energetic camp counselor, trading gossip and jokes with lawmakers over email, text messages and phone calls. Think what a speaker could do, Perez said. “Kevin McCarthy is an extremely talented, sophisticated operative,” said Perez, a Democrat who grew up in east Bakersfield. “What it means to have someone of his caliber overseeing and fighting for literally the poorest place in the county, to me is very exciting.” But this might be wishful thinking.

McCarthy and other fiscal conservatives have pushed to end so-called earmarks, or funding for special projects in legislators’ districts, making that part of his task much tougher. The walls of his office are lined with black-and-white photos of his Republican colleagues, regularly rotated to make sure each member is represented. McCarthy started his political career as a volunteer assistant in Thomas’ district office and in 2000 was elected to the board of the Kern Community College District.

He has continued a tradition he started in the California General Assembly of hosting regular dinners and movie nights to keep colleagues close. “If you’re around members, you know what’s happening,” Mr. McCarthy’s job has been to corral the party’s most rambunctious lawmakers, many of whom have taken to voting against common procedural measures to prevent bills from even getting to the floor. Marlin Stutzman, who is now waging a Senate bid. “I don’t want to pin that on Kevin, I think it’s just leadership altogether.” He has been more eager to extend an olive branch to party agitators than some of his predecessors. Tom Graves from the team responsible for counting votes, only to reinstate the Georgian after he lost a bid to lead the conservative Republican Study Committee. “He said, ‘Hey, look, I know things didn’t turn out the way you wanted them to, but the one thing that’s clear is that you have an obvious amount of influence in the conference, and we’d like you back on the whip team,’ ” Mr.

McCarthy’s critics complain he isn’t a policy expert—preferring instead to dive into the details of politics and campaigns—and too often favors the carrot over the stick. He delivers regular PowerPoint proposals to the rank-and-file to explain voting patterns and discuss messaging, and he talks often about SWOT analysis, an acronym for “Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats.” In interviews, he acknowledged the complaints—and dismissed both. “I always know what I have to improve and what I have to work on,” he said.

And while he projects a happy-go-lucky persona, the Californian has been known to upbraid colleagues, in public and private, when he feels like they are being unreasonable. “Kevin didn’t get where he got by being stupid or inattentive,” said John Burton, chairman of the California Democratic Party and a former state Senate leader who worked with Mr. McCarthy relishes the trappings of his perch in Washington, regularly posting photos to his Instagram account with business moguls and celebrities, such as Kevin Spacey, who shadowed Mr.

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