Speaker of the House Calls it Quits

Speaker of the House Calls it Quits

Baylor Williamson, Staff Writer

The afternoon of September 25, 2015 John Boehner shocked Congress with his announcement that he would be resigning from his position as speaker of the house. Boehner had planned to resign on his birthday this upcoming November, but was moved after an emotional visit with Pope Francis on Capitol Hill to do it sooner.

He told reporters that almost no one knew of his decision before his announcement Friday saying, “So before I went to sleep last night, I told my wife, I said, ‘You know, I might just make an announcement tomorrow. This morning I woke up, said my prayers, as I always do, and thought, ‘This is the day I am going to do this.”

Mr. Boehner had been under a tremendous amount of pressure trying to devise a plan to prevent another government shutdown, like the one in 2013, from occurring. Conservatives were putting this plan in jeopardy by refusing to vote for a bill that provided government funding for Planned Parenthood. His resignation forces republican and democrats to come up with a short term funding plan.

Boehner told reporters “It’s become clear to me that this prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable harm to the institution. This isn’t about me. It’s about the people, it’s about the institution.”

If he were to have continued fighting for the floor he’d have to rely heavily on the democratic vote, basically destroying his standing in the Republican party. Boehner said that didn’t want to put himself or the house through that, he had already stayed longer than expected.