House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is set to hold a press conference at 1 p.m. ET, hours after he stunned Washington by announcing he would resign from Congress at the end of October.
Boehner announced the decision in a House Republican caucus meeting Friday morning, in which Republicans discussed a strategy going forward with a possible government shutdown looming at the end of the month.
Boehner’s most likely replacement is House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California).
Boehner’s speakership has been marked by constant tension with the conservative wing of the House Republican caucus. That pressure has intensified lately — Rep. Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina) in July filed a motion to force the speaker to vacate his post.
More to come…