Boehner says will avoid U.S. government shutdown; slams 'false prophets'

U.S. House Speaker Boehner publicly announces his resignation during news conference at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Blasting hard-line conservatives as “false prophets,” U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday said Congress will avoid a government shutdown this week and he will push through as much unfinished legislation as possible before leaving at the end of October. Speaking on CBS’ Face the Nation two days after his surprise resignation, he said the House this week would pass a Senate-authored government funding bill that does not meet conservatives’ demands to cut off money for Planned Parenthood. Asked if passage would require Democratic votes, he responded: “I’m sure it will, but I suspect my Democratic colleagues want to keep the government open as much as I do.” The Ohio Republican also announced that he would convene a special committee to investigate Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices, similar to the one probing deadly attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

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