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John Boehner, whose four-and-a-half years as Speaker of the House of Representatives were defined as much by clashes with his Republican colleagues as they were by his fights with President Obama, is leaving Congress, an aide confirmed.
Boehner told the House GOP conference Friday morning that he will resign both as Speaker and from his seat representing Ohio’s 8th District at the end of October,
Speaker John A. Boehner, under intense pressure from conservatives in his party, will resign one of the most powerful positions in government and give up his House seat at the end of October, throwing Congress into chaos as it tries to avert a government shutdown.
Most recently, Mr. Boehner, 65, was trying to craft a solution to keep the government open through the rest of the year, but was under pressure from a growing base of conservatives who told him 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.