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. 

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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.