Boehner: Resigning to avert ‘irreparable harm’ to the House

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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2015, file photo, Speaker of the House John Boehner pauses during a news conference with members of the House Republican leadership on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congress' Republican leaders face stark tests as they fight to keep the government open past month's end, amid fears a shutdown could crush their party's White House ambitions. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – An emotional House Speaker John Boehner says he woke up Friday morning and decided to announce his resignation from Congress because prolonged turmoil over his leadership would do irreparable harm to the House.

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Photo Gallery: John Boehner through the years. (1982-now)

The Ohio Republican says he had planned to leave the speakership by the end of the year anyway. But he says he moved up his timetable as unrest among conservatives threatened the House.

He told reporters at a news conference it has been an honor to serve in the House for 25 years and as its top leader.

He says California congressman Kevin McCarthy, the No. 2 House Republican, would “make an excellent speaker.”

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