WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement in response to the announcement that House Speaker John Boehner will resign:
“John Boehner has never been a friend of federal employees, but it is a sad day when the Speaker of the House of Representatives is ousted because he’s trying to keep the government open for the American people.
“Extremists in the House may think forcing Speaker Boehner to quit is some kind of big win, but it changes nothing for the issues that really matter to the American people, including federal employees and their families. The constant infighting and embarrassing dysfunctionality in the House GOP shows one thing: this Congress is unable to provide the leadership necessary to address our nation’s challenges, either at home or abroad.
“At a time when the American people need steady leadership, the House majority is entering a protracted period of crisis and disarray. We are five days out from yet another government shutdown. The last shutdown wasted $24 billion. We can’t afford to go there again.
“I strongly urge lawmakers to stop their internal party bickering and focus on the task at hand: passing a budget that keeps the government open and serving the American public.”