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.