David Pratt – Republican House Speaker John Boehner will resign at the end of October, NBC News reported this morning.
Boehner has faced opposition from other conservatives in his party for not fighting the Obama administration hard enough on issues important to the GOP. They have been pushing to oust him if he presented legislation that would continue to fund the government without defunding Planned Parenthood.
Boehner has served as speaker since the Republicans took control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections. He was first elected to his Ohio House seat in 1990.
Boehner’s resignation comes the day after Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting of Congress, a speech that obviously moved Boehner emotionally. Unless his tears were shed thinking about his pending departure.
“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 the one thing that unites and inspires us all,” a Boehner aide told NBC.