US House Speaker Boehner  to Resign From Congress

US House Speaker Boehner to Resign From Congress

US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, who has struggled with repeated rebellions from the conservative wing of his Republican Party, plans to resign from the House at the end of October.
The Ohio lawmaker, 65, stunned Republican House members at a morning meeting with the announcement he will step down from the speakership, the top job in the 435-seat chamber, and resign his seat in Congress effective on Oct. 30, Reuters reported.
US Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the No. 2 House Republican, is expected to be the leading contender to replace Boehner as speaker, Republican Representative Peter King told reporters.
Representative Paul Ryan, a former US vice presidential candidate, told reporters in a Capitol hallway that McCarthy would likely be the next speaker. Ryan said, “I don’t want to be speaker.”
Boehner’s decision makes the threat of a government shutdown next week less likely, with many Republican lawmakers saying they would forge ahead with a “clean” spending bill that does not withhold funding from the women’s reproductive health group Planned Parenthood, as threatened by some conservatives who object to the group’s abortion services.
The resignation ends a nearly five-year reign as the top Republican in the House.

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