Rep. Neal reacts to Boehner’s resignation

FILE - In this June 25, 2015, file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWLP) – House Speaker John Boehner announced he is resigning.  The Ohio Republican dropped this bombshell Friday morning, saying “today is the day.”

Boehner will first step down as Speaker, then resign from Congress at the end of October.  The 65 year old has been clashing with other conservatives in his party.  We got in touch with our U.S. Representative, Democrat Richard Neal who said he could see something coming.

“I knew that there was growing chaos on the Republican side that in the next two weeks there was likely to be a motion to vacate the chair from the Republican caucus, he’s had an ongoing battle with the Tea Party members of the Republican party,” said Rep. Neal.

Neal said he doesn’t understand how this helps the Tea Party.

“So this notion on the Republican side amongst the Tea Party types that John Boehner was standing in the way of them making progress really doesn’t make any sense when the magnifying glass is put upon it.

Neal said he thinks this actually makes the chances of a government shutdown less likely.   Neal said he expects some short term peace between the parties.

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