WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning, NY 23) – who represents Chautauqua County in Washington – is wishing outgoing house Speaker John Boehner following his announcement Friday that he would be stepping down as speaker at the end of October.
In a prepared statement sent out to the media, Reed said he respects Boehner’s leadership and decision to step down, and he’s hoping that his party can rally around the next speaker.
“I appreciate John Boehner’s leadership over the last 5 years. He worked diligently to advance the conservative principles necessary to lead America forward. I respect his decision to step down as Speaker of the House and believe that it is only fair to allow him to depart gracefully.” Reed said.
“I am hopeful that as a party, we can rally around the next Speaker, so we can continue to fight back against the destructive agenda that is hurting job creation, causing stagnated wages and forcing the top-down regulations onto our small businesses and families. I care about the future of our nation and believe we have the opportunity for a fresh start. We must come together as a country to creatively solve our challenges and not let politics triumph over good governance and putting the people’s business first.”
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Boehner tried to do the right thing under almost impossible circumstances and will be missed by both Democrats and Republicans alike.
The early favorite to succeed Boehner as speaker is Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, who serves on the House Republican Steering Committee and the House committees of Agriculture, Administration and Homeland Security.