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John Boehner: The Long Goodbye

October 29, 2015

John Boehner: The Long Goodbye

House Speaker John Boehner (R, OH-8) is on his way out the door with nothing to lose, so he negotiated a budget deal with the Democratic leadership and sent it to the House floor, where it was approved by 187 Democrats and 79 Republicans. It seems likely to pass the Senate and get inked by the president, giving Paul Ryan (R, WI-1), the likely incoming Speaker, two years of budget breathing room. Mr. Ryan publicly grumbled about the deal, to appease the bomb-throwers of the GOP Freedom Caucus, but he voted for it, since his staff helped write it. In any case, John Boehner has given Mr. Ryan a wonderful parting gift.


“Boehner’s Swan Song: An End to the Fiscal Cliffs,” Jay Newton-Small, TIME

“Fresh starts as GOP taps new speaker, approves budget deal,” Erica Werner, AP via Washington Post

“John Boehner reshaped House, speakership with earmarks ban, new rules,” Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

“Boehner Reflects on Leaving ‘Lonely’ Job as US House Speaker,” Reuters via VOA News


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Pending Tea Party Putsch Poleaxes Paychecks

September 29, 2013

Pending Tea Party Putsch Poleaxes Paychecks

“A federal shutdown would be bad news for some corners of Main Street. That’s because the federal government relies more and more on a wide network of private-sector contractors for goods and services that total as much as $300 billion a year. If Congress fails to pass a budget deal by next Tuesday, millions of people whose jobs depend on the government operating may not be paid.”

—“How government shutdown would hurt Main Street,” Jennifer Liberto, CNN Money