Speaker Of the House John Boehner To Resign From Congress In Late October

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Sep. 26 2015, Updated 9:02 a.m. ET

Amid intense partisan political pressure, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced Friday that he will resign his coveted position at the end of October, the New York Times reports. Boehner, who has been a Congressman since 1990 and the Speaker of the House since 2011, has been under intense pressure to pass a budget to prevent a government shutdown. His fellow Republicans (and a few Democrats) have been unwilling to get on board with any budget that doesn’t include provisions to defund the controversial reproductive health organization Planned Parenthood.

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“The next speaker is going to have a very tough job. The fundamental dynamics don’t change.”

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Whoever replaces Boehner as the Speaker of the House is definitely going to have their work cut out for them. Now that Boehner has announced his decision to resign, replacement Speaker names are already being tossed around. The Speaker of the House’s successor will be decided by a House majority vote. The current majority leader, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, is now the man most are looking to. He is far more conservative than Speaker Boehner, and his toughest competition, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, isn’t interested in following in the current Speaker’s footsteps after his decision to resign.

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