Boehner voices few regrets, no second thoughts on way out

John Boehner
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says the bipartisan budget deal had to be done because it wasn’t fair to leave it to his successor.

In his final days as speaker, Boehner tells reporters he has no second thoughts on his decision to resign and leave Congress before the end of his term.

He says Congressman Paul Ryan, who was endorsed by House Republicans for speaker Wednesday, is the right person to carry on his unfinished business.

Boehner says he told Ryan being speaker could be the loneliest job in the world because you’re away from friends and family, forced to make tough decisions on your own.

He also says he has no idea what he’ll be doing next after nearly five years as speaker and a quarter-century in the House. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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