Saturday, September 26, 2015

Democrats See Hope For Legislating In Boehner's Final Weeks

By Lauren French, Sep 25, 2015 Politico

House Democrats, frustrated by five years of near-gridlock, are seeing a rare opportunity in John Boehner’s unexpected announcement that he plans to resign from Congress at the end of October.

The Ohio Republican’s abrupt departure is giving Democrats hope that the speaker, who has often been forced to use Democratic votes to pass legislation, could now voluntarily turn to the minority party over the next five weeks to pass legislation often jammed up by GOP hardliners.

It’s a long shot on highly controversial issues like immigration reform or voting rights, but on policies such as a long-term transportation deal or the Export-Import Bank, lawmakers say they see potential for movement. It all depends on how Boehner wants to spend his twilight weeks as speaker – and in Congress.

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