Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says reports that House Speaker John Boehner agreed to a budget deal with Democrats are ''discouraging'' and questions the speaker's ''behavior.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Republican senator Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite, on Friday (September 25) fueled speculation that struggles within the Republican party may have prompted House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner to announce his resignation. Boehner has struggled with repeated rebellions by conservatives during a tumultuous five-year reign as the chamber's top Republican. "The early reports are discouraging, if it is correct that the speaker before he resigns has cut a deal with Nancy Pelosi to fund the Obama administration for the rest of its tenure, to fund Obamacare, to fund executive amnesty, to fund planned parenthood, to fund implementation of the iran deal and then to presumably land in a cushy K Street job after joining with the Democrats to implement all of President Obama's priorities. That is not the behavior one would expect of a Republican speaker of the House," Cruz told reporters. Boehner's decision appeared to ease the threat of a government shutdown next week, as many Republicans said it would allow them to forge ahead with a "clean" spending bill that does not withhold funding from the women's reproductive health group Planned Parenthood, as threatened by conservatives who objected to the group's abortion services. Boehner has faced constant pressure from conservatives who believed he was too willing to compromise with President Barack Obama and too likely to rely on Democratic votes to pass crucial legislation.