On Friday, September 25th, Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, announced that he would be resigning from Congress at the end of October. He made the announcement Friday morning in a meeting with his fellow Republicans, a week before Congress votes on whether to pass a short-term funding measure or shut down the government. Most recently, Boehner was trying to find a solution to keep the government open for the rest of the year, but faced resistance from conservatives who told him they would not vote for a bill that provided funding for Planned Parenthood. After Boehner’s announcement, however, the chance of a government shutdown seems to have lessened, but the threat still looms over Washington. Boehner has also announced that the House will take up a committee to investigate Planned Parenthood.
Boehner’s most likely replacement is Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House majority leader, who is viewed more favorably by the House’s more conservative members. His successor will inherit the complicated dynamics in the House that dogged Boehner during his time as speaker, including a starkly divided Congress and a disarrayed Republican party.
Contributor: Cai Redmond