Speaker John Boehner will resign from his House seat at the end of October.
The Hill reports:
Speaker John Boehner told GOP lawmakers on Friday he will resign at the end of October.
The embattled Ohio Republican will resign from both his Speakership and his House seat, he told GOP lawmakers at a closed-door conference meeting.
“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,” a Boehner aide said.
The aide said the Speaker had only been planning to serve through the end of last year but decided to stay on after then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) suffered a stunning primary loss.
“The Speaker believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution,” the aide said.
“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.”
Watch press conference LIVE: There was supposed to be a live press conference, but it was cancelled when it was announced Boehner left through the back door:
Turns out. the press conference was held later:
Here are some reactions:
Rubio to Value Voters: "Just a few mins ago, Speaker Boehner announced he will be resigning." HUGE ovation. Many standing.
— Steve Peoples (@sppeoples) September 25, 2015
"You want to know much you terrify Washington? Yesterday John Boehner was speaker of the House. Ya'll come to town and somehow that changes"
— Teddy Schleifer (@teddyschleifer) September 25, 2015
Today, conservatives cry tears- of joy! RT @edhenry: Boehner's tears yesterday make a lot more sense today
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) September 25, 2015
— Charlotte Potts (@chapotts) September 25, 2015
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