The House is never so bipartisan as when it is showing one of its long-serving members the door.
Lawmakers took a brief break from bickering to salute Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on his final day as majority leader. Cantor announced his resignation from the leadership following his stunning primary defeat to Dave Brat on June 10. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) takes over as majority leader at midnight.
In a farewell speech on the House floor, Cantor thanked his colleagues and his staff, and said that as the grandson of immigrants who fled religious persecution in Europe, he had "truly lived the American dream."
And in the faintest of nods to his own electoral fate, he urged members never to "take for granted the awesome honor and responsibility we have to serve our fellow Americans."
Thank you for the example of firm leadership that you show, and at the same time, for not being afraid to show us your kind heart and your soft spot from time to time."
Cantor also noted that he and Boehner had spoken to each other every day the House has been in session for the last five years. "For that, Mr. Speaker, I thank you for your patience," he said to laughs.
Cantor will serve out the remaining five months of his term as a rank-and-file member, giving up his office suite, most of his staff and his security detail.