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Florida reaction to John Boehner retirement



Florida reaction to news House Speaker John Boehner is resigning:

Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Miami: "This is a major loss for Congress as an institution and is particularly painful for House Republicans. No one has worked harder for the American people and no one has worked harder to build our majority than Speaker John Boehner. He is one of the most decent, caring people I have ever met, and I will miss him every day."

Jeb Bush: "John Boehner dedicated his life to public service. Bringing the Holy Father to Congress was a fitting cap to a great career."

Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores (via AP) "The honor of John Boehner this morning stands in stark contrast to the idiocy of those members who seek to continually divide us. The shutdown caucus as I call them has a small victory." Jolly's official statement more measured: "John Boehner made a decision this morning that he believes is in the best interest of the nation. As a colleague and as someone who believes in the honor of an institution we call the People's House, I commend his decision and I commend the Speaker for his decades of service. The important question we now face as a party is whether we will be a Congress committed to governing, to giving voice to the people who entrust us to serve, and to actually moving legislation that addresses the issues most important to the country."

Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota: “The speaker’s surprise resignation presents an opportunity for new leadership to address the crippling dysfunction in Washington. The paralysis and gridlock that have frustrated so many Americans must end. It is my hope that Speaker Boehner’s resignation will serve as a wakeup call that leads to a positive agenda on behalf of the American people.”

Sen. Bill Nelson: “After Speaker Boehner fulfilled his dream of the pope speaking, he is just plain tired of dealing with the right wing extremists.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston. "Despite our disagreements, we found common ground on things both personal and legislative. I have long admired his willingness to display his courage of conviction and deeply-held beliefs in the glare of the public eye. It was clear that Pope Francis’ visit yesterday visibly moved him, as it did many of our colleagues. One of the highlights of our relationship was his co-sponsorship, and personal attention to, the EARLY Act, my legislation to educate and empower young women with the information, resources, and support they need to help diagnose breast cancer early. He rarely cosponsors legislation himself, and as a breast cancer survivor, I will never forget his compassion towards the women the EARLY Act helps."

Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Tallahassee. "In my mission to bring the North Florida Way to Washington, I have worked with and become friends with members on both sides of the aisle — and thank Speaker Boehner for his lifetime of public service. Though we disagree on many issues, I have seen firsthand a bipartisan desire for Congress to get back to work for the American people. With Speaker Boehner's announcement, today, I challenge my colleagues in both parties to join me in voting for new leadership that will heal our partisan divisions and unite us to solve the major issues we face.”

Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland: “I support Speaker Boehner’s decision to step down. Soon, our Conference will decide on a new Speaker and possibly other new leaders. There is a clamor in the grassroots throughout America for strong, conservative leadership willing to stand up to the President. That wave must be reflected in our Republican Conference. I have long said that we cannot simply be the “Party of No.” Republicans in Congress must offer credible alternatives to Obamacare, we must take up immigration reform that secures our border, and we must cut spending, balance our budget and reform our tax code so that Americans have more money in their pockets. As a strong conservative that was elected to change the way Washington operates, I will spend the next few days praying and talking to my family about what role I can play in that effort."

[Last modified: Friday, September 25, 2015 1:53pm]


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