Boehner to have ‘minor’ back procedure

Greg Nash

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is having a “minor, unscheduled” medical procedure to address recurring back problems, spokesman Michael Steel said Wednesday.

Boehner, 64, was in the Capitol on Tuesday and not in any obvious discomfort when speaking to reporters. 

Steel would not provide further details on his procedure. The Speaker had been scheduled to attend a Holocaust remembrance ceremony in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall, where congressional leaders are dedicating a tree in honor of Anne Frank.

Boehner’s back problems date to when he tended his family’s bar as a young man, and he had surgery at the Cleveland Clinic about five years ago.