Fast on the heels of House Speaker John Boehner’s surprise announcement that he would be resigning at the end of October, comes another shocking revelation — that the Ohio Republican may have cut a deal with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to advance President Barack Obama’s agenda during the final 16 months of his administration.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz had heard “early reports” that Boehner had cut a deal with the California Democrat to continue funding some of the president’s pet measures, according to The Blaze.
“I will say, the early reports are discouraging,” the Texas senator told reporters at Washington’s Voters Value Summit. “ If it is correct that the speaker, before he resigns, has cut a deal with Nancy Pelosi to fund the Obama administration for the rest of its tenure, to fund Obamacare, to fund executive amnesty, to fund Planned Parenthood, to fund implementation of this Iran deal — and then, presumably, to land in a cushy K Street job after joining with the Democrats to implement all of President Obama’s priorities, that is not the behavior one would expect of a Republican speaker of the House.”
Those rumors came from Breitbart News, which reported:
According to those sources, outgoing House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) agreed that her Democratic caucus would join Boehner along with a handful of Boehner loyalists and moderate establishment Republicans to continue Planned Parenthood funding, along with a few other budget items President Obama says were must-haves, in order to avoid a Government shutdown.
Boehner resigned because he knew that after he cut that deal, conservatives in his own party would be so furious with him that it would make challenges to his Speakership a certainty, sources say. Even if he survived those challenges, his remaining year and three months in office would be contentious and personally uncomfortable for him.
One source specifically said that the deal was limited to a continuing resolution that would last only until December 11.
Boehner’s last day as Speaker and member of the House of Representatives is slated for October 30.
Boehner reportedly knew that cutting such a deal to avoid a shutdown would result in a brutal battle with conservatives in his own party. He felt he could win challenges to his leadership mounted by conservatives in his own party, but thought it might do damage to the House and the Republican Party, sources say.
Sources also tell Breitbart News that Boehner was inspired by the visit of Pope Francis, and decided it was his duty to resign in order to do what was right for the Congress and the country.
The irony in that inspiration, if the rumors are true, is that the Catholic Boehner, inspired by a Catholic pope, both of whom oppose abortion, will be a key player in continuing the public funding of Planned Parenthood, an organization dedicated to performing abortions.
Thus far, those reports have been unconfirmed.
Here’s a video of Cruz’s remarks, via The Washington Examiner.
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