House Speaker John Boehner will resign as speaker and from Congress at the end of October, according to news reports.
House Speaker John Boehner announced to Republican lawmakers this morning that he will resign as speaker and from Congress at the end of October, according to news reports.
The news came as a surprise even though Boehner has faced renewed pressure from conservatives who want to use a must-pass spending bill to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding.
“I respect it [Boehner’s decision] immensely,” Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., told The Daily Signal, adding:
I think he did the right thing. Any time any person becomes bigger than the issues at hand, then that person has to have an element of self sacrifice for the greater good. That’s what he did today.
Opposition among conservatives to Boehner’s leadership reached a fever pitch this summer, when Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a co-founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, presented a motion to vacate the chair.
It was an extraordinary measure of no confidence in the speaker of the House that hadn’t been used in a century.
Although lawmakers did not vote on the measure at that time, Meadows and other conservatives have said any member could bring up the motion for a vote depending on how Boehner handled upcoming fights in Congress, including the one over Planned Parenthood.