(JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives approved Rep. Anthony Weiner’s request for a leave of absence.
House members in a unanimous voice vote Monday approved the two-week leave requested by Weiner (D-N.Y.) to enter a treatment center to deal with his addiction to having inappropriate online relationships with women. He reportedly entered treatment over the weekend.
President Obama addressed the controversy for the first time Monday, saying during an interview on NBC’s "Today" that "if it was me, I would resign.’’
“When you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can’t serve as effectively as you need to, at the time when people are worrying about jobs, and their mortgages and paying the bills — then you should probably step back,’’ Obama said.
Calls for Weiner to resign have mounted from his own political party, including from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-Fla.), chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) last week called on Weiner to resign, and on Monday he suggested that Weiner should be stripped by his party of his place on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, his only committee assignment.