DNC Chair Statement on Speaker John Boehner’s Resignation from Congress
September 25, 2015
Washington, D.C. – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in response to Speaker John Boehner's resignation from Congress:
“I thank John Boehner for his service to the American people.
“I have always known John Boehner to be a kind and decent man. As someone who proudly wears my heart on my sleeve, it has always been clear to me that John Boehner is the same way. Despite our policy disagreements, his motivation for public service is evident in his strong commitment to the people of Ohio and this country.
“After sharing my own experience with breast cancer publicly, I asked John Boehner to sign on to the EARLY Act, my legislation to educate and empower young women with the information and support they need to help diagnose breast cancer early. He explained that he had cosponsored very few pieces of legislation while serving as Speaker. Days later, he shouted my name across the House chamber and offered a big thumbs up. Having his support on this issue meant so much to me personally and was impactful for millions of women across the country.
“John Boehner’s tenure as Speaker has certainly been made more difficult by the members of his caucus pushing extreme policies, but when push came to shove, he understood Congress’ basic responsibilities, like refusing to default on our nation’s debts, and was willing to work with Leader Pelosi when necessary.
“If it turns out that John Boehner was forced aside so that Republicans can force a government shutdown, then our country is certainly worse off for the end of his service.”