John Boehner to Resign From Congress

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House Speaker John Boehner is reportedly planning to resign from his post at the end of October, according to the New York Times on Friday. See a full statement from one of his aides below:

Speaker Boehner believes that the first job of any Speaker is to protect this institution and, as we saw yesterday with the Holy Father, it is the one thing that unites and inspires us all. 

The Speaker’s plan was to serve only through the end of last year. Leader Cantor’s loss in his primary changed that calculation.  

The Speaker believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution. 

He is proud of what this majority has accomplished, and his Speakership, but for the good of the Republican Conference and the institution, he will resign the Speakership and his seat in Congress, effective October 30.

The announcement comes amid mounting pressure due to an impending government shutdown and pressure to defund Planned Parenthood. A sharply divided House of Representatives will elect his successor.

This is a breaking news post.

 

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