By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner vowed on Sunday that Congress will avoid a government shutdown this week and he would push through as much unfinished legislation as possible before leaving at the end of October. Speaking on CBS' Face the Nation two days after his surprise resignation, he said the House this week would pass a government funding bill now moving through the Senate, which does not meet conservatives' demands to cut off money for Planned Parenthood. Asked if passage would require Democratic votes, he responded: "I'm sure it will, but I suspect my Democratic colleagues want to keep the government open as much as I do." The Ohio Republican also announced that he would convene a special committee to investigate Planned Parenthood's abortion practices, similar to the one probing deadly attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.
Visitors gathering on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the papal Mass were fearing they wouldn't be able to see it because of a tent blocking their view. That all changed when officials said the tent was coming down.