For Immediate Release
Friday, September 25, 2015
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders’ Statement on Speaker Boehner’s ResignationWashington, D.C. —
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement following the news that Speaker Boehner will resign from Congress:
"We hope that Speaker Boehner’s resignation is not a sign of increasing extremism and intransigence in Congress. Regardless of partisan politics, working families in America need their elected officials to work together to keep the government open and fund the vital public services on which we all rely.
"Pope Francis stated in his address to Congress just this week: ‘You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics.’ Congress should listen to his advice."