House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Friday called Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) decision to resign at the end of October a “stark indication of the disarray of House Republicans.”
Pelosi said that Boehner’s hand was forced by members of his party who are intent on cutting off government funding for Planned Parenthood.
His resignation “is a demonstration of their obsession with shutting down government at the expense of women’s health,” Pelosi said. “And a sign of the failure of House Republicans to be willing to engage in dialogue for the good of the American people.”
Pelosi insisted that preventing a shutdown of the federal government is an “absolute necessity” and called out “anti-governance” Republicans in Congress who want to “shut it down and celebrate.”
Pelosi told reporters that the news of Boehner’s impending departure came as a surprise. She said she learned the news during a meeting of the House Democratic Caucus on Friday, and that “this is not the morning we thought it would be.”
She said she had yet to speak to Boehner.