With Congress in turmoil, House Speaker John Boehner informed fellow Republicans on Friday that he would resign at the end of October, stepping aside in the face of hardline conservative opposition that threatens an institutional crisis.
The 13-term Ohio Republican shocked his GOP caucus early Friday morning when he announced his decision in a closed-door session. It came one day after a high point of Boehner's congressional career, a historic speech by Pope Francis to Congress at Boehner's request.
A constant focus of conservatives' complaints, Boehner was facing the threat of a floor vote on whether he could stay on as speaker, a formal challenge that hasn't happened in over 100 years. That was being pushed by tea partyers convinced Boehner wasn't fighting hard enough to strip Planned Parenthood of government funds, even though doing so risked a government shutdown next week.
This coupled with the fact that he was unable to prevent the passage of the Iranian deal signed on July 14.
President Obama while speaking on his resignation said "the news took me by suprise and i called him"
The president also shared his opinion on the issue and said the congress shouldn't invite a financial meltdown that will shut down government and do the basic things that keep government going"