FOX News is reporting House Speaker John Boehner has agreed to stay on as Speaker until the House confirms a new leader.
Speaker John Boehner has agreed to stay on as Speaker--not just until the Caucus nominates someone --but, until that person can confirm 218 votes on the House floor (needed to take the Speaker’s gavel). Short of that – Boehner will stay on for the rest of this Congress and steer legislation that is pending.
The 13-term Ohio Republican shocked his GOP caucus early Friday morning when he informed them of his decision in a closed-door session. It came one day after the high point of Boehner's congressional career, a historic speech by Pope Francis to Congress at Boehner's request.
Boehner took over the speakership in January 2011 and had originally intended to give up his seat at the end of October.
The Associated Press and FOX News contributed to this report.