House Speaker John Boehner to Resign At the End of October

September 25th 2015

Alex Mierjeski

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) will resign from Congress at the end of October, the New York Times is reporting. The announcement comes as Boehner faces pressure from conservatives in his party who are pushing for a spending bill that defunds Planned Parenthood, which could ultimately lead to another government shutdown. (Boehner has been trying to find a compromise that avoids a shutdown, the Hill reports.)

Boehner made the announcement in a reportedly emotional meeting with other Republicans Friday morning, after telling reporters from Politico and the Washington Post on Thursday that he had nothing left to accomplish following Pope Francis' historic address to Congress.

Conservatives are cheering the victory, feeling that Boehner was too soft in opposing President Obama, while moderates and liberals fear that Boehner's resignation increases the odds of a government shutdown later this year. Here how Twitter reacted to Boehner's announcement:

"The Speaker believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution," a Boehner aid told Politico. "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."

Boehner, who was first elected as an Ohio representative in 1990, has faced challenges managing an increasingly divided Congress during his five-year tenure as speaker. Since taking up the position, the speaker has been embroiled in conflict with hard line members of his own party, including Tea Partiers, who have pushed him to pursue drastic government shutdowns over a variety of legislative disagreements with President Obama, such as President Obama's executive orders protecting undocumented workers and Obamacare. Boehner went along with a shutdown over Obamacare in 2013, but others within the party say it was a bad strategic decision.