House Speaker John Boehner, U.S. Representative from Ohio’s 8th congressional district serving since 1991, will announce today that he is resigning the “Speakership and his seat in Congress, effective October 30,” this according to Politico who cited an aide to Boehner. A member of the Republican Party, he is the U.S. Representative from Ohio’s 8th congressional district, serving since 1991. The district includes several rural and suburban areas near Cincinnati and Dayton.
Boehner previously served as the House Minority Leader from 2007 until 2011, and House Majority Leader from 2006 until 2007. Boehner was elected Speaker following the massive Republican victory in 2010, when the Tea Party helped take power from Democrats and control the U.S. House. Ironically, it is that same Tea Party hardliners that caused Boehner to resign according to sources.
The Tea Party is pressuring the Speaker and the Republican Caucus to shutdown the federal government in the fight over Planned Parenthood funding, a step that Boehner did not agree, reported the New York Times. A growing base of Tea Partiers told Boehner that they would “Not vote for a bill that did not defund Planned Parenthood. Several of those members were on a path to remove Mr. Boehner as speaker, though their ability to do so was far from certain.”
Now that Boehner does not have internal political considerations to weigh, Boehner is certain to push through a government-funding bill next week as essentially his last act and fund Planned Parenthood, and keeps the government open, presumably with the help of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Boehner’s decision, relayed in a closed Republican meeting Friday morning, will set off one of the most intense leadership scrambles in modern Congressional GOP politics. Second in line is House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who is widely expected to serve as the next speaker.
The Boehner aide told Politico, “The Speaker believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution.” The aide added, “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.”
Politico says that Boehner hinted at the move on Thursday evening as he left the Capitol, Boehner (R-Ohio) told two reporters — one from POLITICO and another from the Washington Post — that he had “nothing left to accomplish after he brought Pope Francis to the Capitol. When asked if he was resigning, Boehner laughed before exiting into an awaiting SUV with his Capitol Police detail.”