Top US Republican Paul Ryan won't seek re-election

12 April, 2018, 00:52 | Author: Bert Pena
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"I took it reluctantly, but I gave this job everything I have".

"I prayed with him quite a bit when he was being considered for Speaker", said Walker.

In 2017, Meadows, along with caucus members Jim Jordan of OH and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania took their concerns about their conservative agenda directly to Ryan, per The Washington Post. "I just can not let that happen".

Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House and one of the three most famous (infamous?) Republican politicians in America...will not seek re-election.

Shortly before he addressed the media, Ryan's office confirmed reports out Wednesday he would not seek another term.

The opposition Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez said Ryans retirement is an indictment of Republican leadership that has failed to provide meaningful results for the American people. VICE calls Ryan's resignation "a gift to House Democrats" since it proves conservatives can't hold the legislative body permanently, even during the Trump administration.

Per the Times, the succession battle for the new Speaker role will likely come down to Steve Scalise (LA), the House majority whip, and Kevin McCarthy (CA), the majority leader...though why either of these men would want the position at this particular political moment is tough to understand.

Shortly before Ryan met with reporters, President Trump said on Twitter the outgoing speaker would leave a "legacy of achievement". "We are with you Paul!" the president tweeted following the announcement.

Some supported Ryan's decision, though they admitted it's a loss for Congress - and the Republican party.

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She said Ryan's decision to drop out shouldn't change the approach for her or Bryce - or any Democrat in any other district.

Former state Republican Party executive director Brandon Scholz says Vos is the most logical choice. In 2012, Ryan was tapped by Mitt Romney as the vice-presidential nominee. Rep. Darrell Issa of California told CNN that Ryan told members he promises to be more than a "Sunday dad" and he cited his family as part of his decision.

Congress was mired in partisan budget talks at the time, approving limited spending appropriations as emergency measures rather than passing a full budget.

McCarthy has run for speaker before - in 2015, after then-House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced his retirement - only to drop out in a surprise move just moments before the vote.

Ryan stressed that he is "not resigning" but intends to serve until January "as I was elected to do". He dutifully marshaled his House troops for the "repeal Obamacare" movement last summer, only to watch it fail under Mitch McConnell's stewardship in the Senate.

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced he will not run for re-election in November. In 2010, President Obama signed the act into law.

"Speaker Ryan has served our country well for decades as a thoughtful policy leader in the House", he told CNN. "So I will be setting new priorities in my life, but Ill also be leaving incredibly proud of what we have accomplished", Ryan said.

The party, deeply fractured between conservatives and moderates, has been described as ungovernable.



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