House Speaker John Boehner chose to resign rather than risk losing his job, charged Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas Monday night during an impassioned one-hour speech on the Senate floor. Boehner’s continual compromising, and giving into the Obama agenda would have caused him to soon be forced out of the speakership, claimed Cruz.
He called Boehner’s actions a “direct manifestation of this disconnect between the voters back home and the Republican leadership.”
Cruz linked the resignation to plans Boehner made to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government that also includes funding for Planned Parenthood, despite evidence the organization sells fetal parts.
“Speaker Boehner has decided to cut a deal with Leader Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democrats, that this dirty CR that’s going to be passed out of the Senate is going to go to the House, and the speaker is going to take it up on the floor, pass it with all the Democrats,” Cruz said.
“But here is the problem. Speaker Boehner’s done that more than once, and in this instance there were too many Republicans who were tired of seeing their leadership lead the Democrats, rather than lead the Republican Party,” Cruz said.
“I believe if Speaker Boehner had done that, had passed a dirty CR funding Planned Parenthood, funding this Iranian nuclear deal, that he would have lost his speakership.”
“So what did he do? He announced he’s resigning as speaker and resigning as a member of Congress,” Cruz said.
“That is unsurprising, but it also telegraphs the deal he’s just cut. It’s a deal to surrender and join with the Democrats. Notice he said he’s going to stay a month. He’s going to stay a month to join with the Democrats and fund Barack Obama’s priorities,” Cruz said.
Boehner has denied any deal was made with Pelosi.