According to the New York Times, Boehner was “under extreme pressure from the right wing of his conference over whether or not to defund Planned Parenthood in a bill to keep the government open.
Rep. John Mica said Friday that Boehner “just does not want to become the issue. Some people have tried to make him the issue both in Congress and outside.”
Boehner, who represents Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District, took over the speakership in January 2011.
He was first elected to U.S. Congress in 1990 and was re-elected for his 13th term last November.
The second oldest of 12 brothers and sisters, he grew up mopping floors and waiting tables at his family tavern, Andy’s Cafe, in Cincinnati.
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