House Speaker’s Resignation Announcement Makes a Government Shutdown Less Likely

Posted on: September 25th, 2015 by NADO Admin

This week, leadership in the Senate unveiled a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund federal programs once the new fiscal year begins on October 1.  The Senate CR would have extended funding through December 11 and prohibited federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year.  The CR failed to garner the necessary 60 votes needed to advance in the Senate.  The Senate plans to take up a “clean” CR with no policy riders early next week.  With the announcement today that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will retire at the end of October, odds have improved significantly that the House will accept the Senate’s clean CR, avoiding a government shutdown.  While there is still support from some members of the House Republican caucus to tie funding for Planned Parenthood to the CR, in announcing his resignation, Speaker Boehner has taken the option of being forced out of the speakership over the issue off the table.  It appears likely that with Democratic support, a clean CR will pass the House.

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