Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate MORE (R-Ohio) knew exactly what he was doing as he strode on the House floor to quasi-filibuster the American Clean Energy and Security Act tonight.

When asked beforehand by a fellow Republican what he had in store for his speech, John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate MORE quipped "just wait and see."

The Leader was seen relaxing and centering himself with a cigarette in the Republican cloakroom minutes before his epic floor speech.

Boehner controlled the microphone on the House floor for one hour as he read the 309 page leadership amendment.

--Michael M. Gleeson