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Hastert's farewell

From NBC's Mike Viqueira
Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R) will be delivering what amounts to a farewell address on the House floor today at 2:30 pm ET.

It's been reported that he will be stepping down before his term ends, likely at some point early next year. He is NOT expected to provide us with any more specifics today during his talk.

The appearance in the well of the chamber will come after a private lunch with current Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

*** Update *** According to a Hastert press release -- "He plans to formally resign
from the House before the end of the year."