When the GOP lost its cool: How House Speaker Mike Madigan resigned after he was forced out of his post
A Republican House Speaker who was ousted by his party and then forced to resign has resigned from his post in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The resignation of Mike Madigans, a freshman congressman from Pennsylvania, came on Friday evening as he was being sworn in to the post by the speaker of the House, John Boehner, who also served as speaker.
The move came after an unprecedented public confrontation between the speaker and a majority of the Republicans in the House of Representative over the chamber’s spending bills.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had been trying to pressure the speaker to resign after Madigans was booted from his job in June and his office refused to respond to her repeated requests for an explanation of the rift.
House Republicans, who control the House majority, said in a statement they had no choice but to act.
“The speaker has been forced out.
The House will return to normal in no time, and it will return a functioning chamber,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).”
We can’t allow the Republican leadership to continue to obstruct President Obama and the American people by continuing to hold our government hostage in the face of the American economy,” said Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D) also said in the statement that Madigans resignation was necessary to “bring the Republican House into a constructive conversation about our country’s economic recovery.”
Madigans is one of just two Republicans in Congress to resign following a high-profile public feud.
The other was Rep. Peter King (R), who resigned in February, after he said in an interview with conservative radio host Sean Hannity that he would not support the House GOP’s plan to end Medicare as we know it.
The House GOP leadership has said it has no intention of removing Madigans from his position, although that might not happen soon.
The speaker has refused to step down.
Madigans was among the GOP leaders who refused to vote for the government shutdown legislation that President Obama supported in late February, saying that it was “a disgrace” that Republicans in a majority were holding the White House hostage over their plans to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
On Monday, House Republicans said they were trying to find a way to work with Democrats to pass the spending bill, and they have been in talks with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D), House Minority Leader John Boehner (R) and others.
The new developments came after House Republicans pushed the Whitehouse to release a letter it sent to the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday morning outlining the House’s fiscal plan.
The letter said that the plan included $834 billion in spending cuts, including $350 billion in Medicaid cuts, $400 billion in additional tax increases and $300 billion in revenue increases.
The Whitehouse said the letter was meant to show the House was serious about raising revenue by eliminating loopholes and tax breaks that Democrats say will lead to higher deficits.