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House Speaker Boehner to Discuss Resignation From Congress

Republican House Speaker John Boehner will resign as Speaker at the end of October. The decision was a long time in the making and was heavily influenced by the radicalization of his party, which has started focusing on religion as a core issue over the past few months.

“The first job of any speaker is to protect this institution that we all love,” Mr. Boehner said in a statement released later. “It was my plan to only serve as speaker until the end of last year, but I stayed on to provide continuity to the Republican conference and the House. It is my view, however, that prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution. To that end, I will resign the speakership and my seat in Congress on Oct. 30.”

Boehner will more than likely push one final and important piece of legislation that will fund the government and Planned Parenthood through the next year before stepping down.

The New York Times reports:

Mr. Boehner, 65, from Ohio, had struggled from almost the moment he took the speaker’s gavel in 2011 to manage the challenges of divided government and to hold together his fractious and increasingly conservative Republican members.

Most recently, he was trying to craft a solution to keep the government open through the rest of the year, but was under pressure from a growing base of conservatives who told him that they would not vote for a bill that did not defund Planned Parenthood.

Mr. Boehner’s announcement lessened the chance of a government shutdown next week, because Republican leaders will push for a short-term funding measure to keep the government operating and the speaker will no longer be deterred by those who threatened his job.

Read the full story at the New York Times.

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