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Speaker John A. Boehner just told the house Republican Caucus he will resign from Congress and give up his House seat at the end of October, according to some congressional tweets and aides in his office. The speaker has faced criticism because of his tendency to capitulate to the Democrats without a fight.

An aide told NBC News:”The Speaker believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution. He is proud of what this majority has accomplished, and his Speakership, but for the good of the Republican Conference and the institution, he will resign the Speakership and his seat in Congress, effective October 30.

The full statement from the speaker’s office reads

“Speaker Boehner believes that the first job of any Speaker is to protect this institution and, as we saw yesterday with the Holy Father, it is the one thing that unites and inspires us all.

“The Speaker’s plan was to serve only through the end of last year.  Leader Cantor’s loss in his primary changed that calculation.

“The Speaker believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution.

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“He is proud of what this majority has accomplished, and his Speakership, but for the good of the Republican Conference and the institution, he will resign the Speakership and his seat in Congress, effective October 30.”

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