Boehner Optimistic About His Last Month As Speaker

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Speaker John Boehner may have announced his resignation as a way of throwing himself on the proverbial funeral pyre to prevent yet another government shut down, but he’s promised to go beyond stepping down to ensure that things keep running.

Though a showdown over the federal government’s funding of Planned Parenthood looms in the not-so-distant future, four days from now, Boehner told CBS' "Face the Nation” that he would try to shift the focus to raising the debt ceiling and the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

“I don’t want to leave my successor a dirty barn. I want to clean the barn up a little bit before the next person gets there,” Boehner said, according to The Huffington Post.

Some worry Boehner won’t be as productive as he believes - his successor, whoever it may be, may need to appeal to the conservative hardliners Boehner failed to win over. A senior congressional aide told told The Huffington Post that House majority leader and possible successor House Majority Leader of California "has to get 218 on the floor at the end of October and we can't do anything to make that harder [for him to get].”

McCarthy, who is favored to win Boehner’s spot, officially declared his candidacy for the job on Sept. 28. Though he’s generally favored to take the speaker’s position, he’s going up against Florida Republican Rep. Daniel Webster, Yahoo reported.

Sources: The Huffington Post, Yahoo News Image via Gage Skidmore/Flickr