Former Speaker of the House, Ohioan John Boehner, announced his retirement the day after Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress in September.
Minutes ago, it was announced that congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin would be replacing Boehner’s position as Speaker of the House. This makes him second-in-line to become President should anything happen to both the President and Vice President of the United States. His appointment takes the role from other candidates like Daniel Webster and Nancy Pelosi. In 2012, Ryan was Mitt Romney’s running mate in that year’s Presidential election facing Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
.@SpeakerRyan is now second in line to the presidency and his Twitter handle has already changed.
— Shawna Thomas (@ShawnaNBCNews) October 29, 2015
In an odd good-bye ceremony, John Boehner reached for a box of tissues, earning a standing ovation as the tissues signaled his affinity for crying at events. Boehner is also known for saying that the battle over government “has been going on for more than 200 years,” adding that “real change takes time.”
Ryan’s government cuts have come to be known as the “Ryan budget.” In 2011, there were fears that his approach to Medicare, turning it into a grant program, would quickly turn healthcare into rationing care, especially if there were more economic downturns.
Apparently happy to seem him go, Conservative lawmakers had allegedly forced Boehner into retirement and opted to campaign for Ryan to put the Republican Representative in charge of moving legislation through the 435-member chamber.
What do you think of this latest development – what does it spell for the future?
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