(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

A big Washington shake-up as House Speaker John Boehner makes a surprise announcement.

LISTEN to FOX News Radio's special coverage of Speaker John Boehner's remarks:

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(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern has more on House Speaker Boehner's decision:

Amid growing frustrations from a block of conservative Republicans, House Speaker John Boehner has decided to step aside, a stunning development, coming as the House wrestles with the government funding bill to avoid a partial government shutdown next week.

An aide to Boehner quoted as saying, "the Speaker believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution, so he will resign the Speakership and his seat in Congress October 30th."

Boehner was elected Speaker in 2011, after the Republican sweep in the 2010 midterms, but has repeatedly been challenged by his right flank.

At the Capitol, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

LISTEN to FOX News Radio's special coverage of House Speaker John Boehner's resignation: