GOP Lawmakers: Speaker Boehner to Resign at End of October

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 29: House Speaker John Boehner holds his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill on July 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. During the press conference the Speaker listed the accomplishments of the Republican party that saved US tax payers trillions of dollars, but admitted much more needs to be done. (Photo: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)

GOP Lawmakers: Speaker Boehner to Resign at End of October

In a stunning move, House Speaker John Boehner informed Republicans on Friday that he would step down at the end of October, giving up his coveted leadership post and his seat in Congress in the face of hardline conservative opposition.

Published September 25, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stunning move, House Speaker John Boehner informed Republicans on Friday that he would step down at the end of October, giving up his coveted leadership post and his seat in Congress in the face of hardline conservative opposition.

The 13-term Ohio Republican shocked his GOP caucus early Friday morning when he informed them of his decision in a closed-door session. It came one day after the high point of Boehner's congressional career, a historic speech by Pope Francis to Congress at Boehner's request.

Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said, Boehner "just does not want to become the issue. Some people have tried to make him the issue both in Congress and outside."

Conservatives have demanded that any legislation to keep the government operating past Wednesday's midnight deadline strip Planned Parenthood of his funds, a move rejected by the more pragmatic lawmakers. The dispute had threatened Boehner's speakership and roiled the GOP caucus.

Boehner took over the speakership in January, 2011.


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(Photo: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)

Written by Erica Werner and Alan Fram, Associated Press

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