John Boehner Announces Resignation From Congress
By: Annie Yager, Xiro Xone News September 25, 2015
A very emotional House Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation from Congress Friday, saying that turmoil over his leadership would do irreparable harm to the House."I told them: 'This is the day. It's going to happen some day. Why not today?'" he said.
Boehner says he had planned to leave the speakership by the end of the year anyway. But he says he moved up his timetable as unrest among conservatives threatened the House.
"It had become clear to me that the prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable harm to the institution," an emotional Boehner said.
Boehner said it has been an honor to serve in the House for 25 years and as its top leader, the 13-term Ohio Republican surprised his GOP caucus Friday morning when he announced his decision in a closed-door session. This came one day after a, a historic speech by Pope Francis to Congress at Boehner's request.
The house speaker was facing the threat of a floor vote on whether he could stay on as speaker, a formal challenge that hasn't happened in over 100 years. That was being pushed by tea party members who felt Boehner wasn't fighting hard enough to strip Planned Parenthood of government funds, with the risk of a government shutdown next week.
John Boehner was first elected to the House in 1990 and soon established a strongly conservative record. He was part of Newt Gingrich's leadership team when Republicans took the House in 1995 for the first time in four decades.
it's not certain who will succeed Boehner, the most obvious candidate is the No. 2 House Republican, Kevin McCarthy, a genial Californian who was elected to Congress in 2006. McCarthy did not immediately announce any plans to run for speaker but would be expected to.