Under pressure from the right, House Speaker Boehner quits

U.S. Speaker of the House Boehner exits Republican caucus meeting after announcing to the meeting that he will be resigning in Washington

By Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner will step down and leave Congress at the end of October after struggling with repeated rebellions by conservatives during a tumultuous five-year reign as the chamber’s top Republican. The Ohio lawmaker, 65, stunned Republican House members at a meeting on Friday with the announcement he will leave the top job in the 435-seat chamber and resign his seat effective on Oct. 30. U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy, 50, of California, the No. 2 House Republican, quickly became the leading contender to replace Boehner as speaker.

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