Speaker Boehner Cancels Big Fundraising Retreat to Stay in D.C.

The shutdown fight costs him the chance to collect big checks from K Street.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks to the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
National Journal
Shane Goldmacher
Sept. 27, 2013, 10:16 a.m.

House Speak­er John Boehner is post­pon­ing a ma­jor fun­drais­ing re­treat that had been planned for this week­end due to the on­go­ing fight over keep­ing the gov­ern­ment open in­to Oc­to­ber.

The event had been slated to be held at the Sala­man­der Re­sort and Spa in Middle­burg, Va., and it was sup­posed to mark the kick­off of a re­newed ef­fort by the speak­er to tap Wash­ing­ton donors for more cam­paign cash. It was sup­posed to be a two-day soir­ee, put to­geth­er and at­ten­ded by K Street types.

But with the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment on the brink of a po­ten­tial Oct. 1 shut­down, the speak­er’s team has post­poned the event, with hopes to res­ched­ule it for later in the fall, ac­cord­ing to a Re­pub­lic­an aide fa­mil­i­ar with the event plan­ning.

The Sen­ate on Fri­day ap­proved a bill to keep the gov­ern­ment fun­ded through mid-Novem­ber while strip­ping out pro­vi­sions that would have cut off fund­ing for Pres­id­ent Obama’s health care law.

Now the House must act and Boehner must de­cide wheth­er to al­low a vote on a so-called “clean” bill to keep the gov­ern­ment open, or to in­sert oth­er pro­vi­sions and ping-pong le­gis­la­tion more fa­vor­able to Re­pub­lic­ans back to the Sen­ate. Giv­en the cal­en­dar crunch, the lat­ter would likely pre­cip­it­ate a gov­ern­ment shut­down.