Reaction to House Speaker John Boehner's plan to resign:

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"He has kept his word when he made a commitment. He is somebody who has been gracious. And I think maybe most importantly, he's somebody who understands that in government, in governance, you don't get 100 percent of what you want, but you have to work with people who you disagree with — sometimes strongly — in order to do the people's business." — President Barack Obama.

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"Speaker Boehner is a master of the legislative process who has always demonstrated great respect for the institutions of Congress. I congratulate and thank him for his years of service to his constituents in Ohio and to the American people." — Former President George W. Bush.

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"He has given selflessly and tirelessly of his energy, and I would think every Republican would be grateful to him for his contributions to and leadership of not only our great party, but also the U.S. House of Representatives." — Former President George H.W. Bush.

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"Since his election to leadership, he has unfortunately been plagued by a group of Republican naysayers, including one from Kansas ... I doubt this group of obstructionists will be supportive of whomever succeeds John as speaker, but we can always hope they will become team players." — Former Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole.

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"Speaker Boehner was able to transform a broken and dispirited Republican minority into the largest Republican majority since the 1920s. That's a legacy few can match. That a young man from Reading, Ohio wielding a bar towel could one day wield the gavel of the U.S. House of Representatives, it reminds us of the continuing promise of this country." — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

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"I have not always agreed and I wasn't always happy with what John told me. But he never, ever misled me. He never, ever told me something that wasn't true. His word was always good." — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid.

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"The resignation of the speaker is a stark indication of the disarray of the House Republicans. It is a demonstration of their obsession with shutting down government at the expense of women's health and a sign of the failure of the House Republicans to be willing to engage in dialogue for the good of the American people and for us to move forward." — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

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"The country will be better served with a strong conservative speaker." — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.