‘All bets off’ for policy agenda as embattled Boehner quits

From Agri-Pulse

House Speaker John Boehner abruptly relinquished his leadership amid a growing rebellion in his caucus, throwing into doubt the prospects for getting an agreement on highway funding and on policy issues critical to agriculture.

Boehner’s announcement that he will step down next month comes as he was struggling to avoid a government shutdown next week and preparing to negotiate a fiscal 2016 budget agreement that farm groups hope will include provisions to block parts of President Obama’s regulatory agenda, including the new Clean Water Act rule.

“We will have to completely rethink … what we are going to do,” said Alabama Republican Robert Aderholt, chairman of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. “All bets are off.” Read the rest of the story here.