*Update* 9/27 5:30pm EST
When asked if the report were true, a Boehner aide who spoke to TheBlaze on the condition of anonymity said, “Not at all, as is typical of [Breitbart.]”
The aide said that the Senate “has demonstrated it cannot pass defunding of Planned Parenthood” and will pass a clean continuing resolution that will be brought to the House and passed with bipartisan support.
“House GOP will pursue the budget reconciliation process to defund Planned Parenthood and break Senate Dems’ logjam,” the aide said. “This is the strategy that will actually advance the pro-life movement, as National Right to Life has articulated.”
Just hours after House Speaker John Boehner announced that he would be resigning from Congress, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz added fuel to the fire by saying he’d heard “early reports” that Boehner cut a deal with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to continue funding some of President Obama’s most controversial measures.
Cruz told reporters at the conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington:
“I will say, the early reports are discouraging. 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.”
The unconfirmed report came from conservative news site Breitbart.
According to unnamed sources, Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats would join Boehner along with a handful of his 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.
Breitbart’s sources report Boehner resigned because he knew that after he made that deal, conservatives in his own party would be so furious with him that they would certainly challenge his Speakership. Even if he survived those challenges, his remaining year and three months in office would be controversial and personally uncomfortable for him.
After Boehner resigns, many believe the Speaker will take a prominent role in the Presidential campaign of his longtime friend Jeb Bush.
Boehner was a strong advocate for Bush to jump in the race, and also has close personal ties to the Bush family. A surrogate role on behalf of Bush makes a lot of sense, and the Speaker could also help the former Florida Governor with fundraising.
According to The Hill, “It’s been a yearlong courtship, but no one quite knows if it will pay off.”
Boehner’s last day as Speaker and member of the House of Representatives is scheduled for October 30th.