Wow, this is shocking! John Boehner is reportedly planning to give up his seat in Congress by the end of October. Is pressure from the Planned Parenthood debate to blame?
John Boehner is resigning as House Speaker! The politician reportedly told members of Congress he’ll be giving up his seat in the House of Representatives by the end of October.
Boehner has not made an official announcement yet, but his aides have confirmed the news to the New York Times. The House Speaker has been facing major pressure from his party over controversial issues in Congress, particularly the recent debate over whether or not to defund Planned Parenthood, which the House voted to do this month.
“[He] believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution,” one of the aides told NBC News. “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 Oct. 30.”
The Republican politician had been facing threats from his fellow Conservatives in Congress, who were pushing to get rid of him as House Speaker if he passed any legislation allowing the funding of Planned Parenthood. As the debate over this issue continues to heat up, with a government shutdown looming, it’s likely the pressure really got to Boehner.
The timing here is pretty interesting, too: The news broke just one day after Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress. This is the first time a pontiff has spoken to the Senate and House together, and Boehner had a high hand in arranging the session. The Ohio native became House Speaker in 2011.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Boehner should resign?
— Alyssa Norwin