Olson Statement on Speaker Boehner's Retirement
Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) today issued the following statement in response to House Speaker John Boehnerâ€™s announcement he will retire at the end of October:
â€œSpeaker John Boehner has served as leader of the House of Representatives during some difficult moments in our nationâ€™s history. Serving as Speaker was an extremely tough job when Republicans held control of only one of three branches of government and equally tough with a slim majority in the Senate, and a president with little respect for Congress or the Constitution.
â€œHe has led this House with a deep respect for the will of the people and has worked to address deeply conflicting priorities. Speaker John Boehner has a deep love of this country and the institution of Congress. The Speaker has chosen to step down out of deep respect for his conference â€“ his team. As the Bible says in John 15:13: â€˜Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.â€™ That's what the Speaker is doing with this resignation. May John, Debbie and the entire Boehner family have fair winds and following seas.â€
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