House Speaker John Boehner plans to resign from Congress at the end of October.
Speaker Boehner believes that the first job of any Speaker is to protect this institution and, as we saw yesterday with the Holy Father, it is one thing that unites and inspires us all, Boehner’s office said in a statement.
The Speaker’s plan was to serve only through the end of last year. Leader Cantor’s loss in his primary changed that calculation, he continued in the statement, referring to former Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.
The Speaker believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreperable damage to the institution. 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 his Speakership and his seat in Congress, effective October 30.
Michael Needham from Heritage Action for America said Boehner has stood in the way of a Congress that fights for opportunity for all and favoritism to none.