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Paul Ryan to retire at end of 2018

12 April, 2018, 00:15 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • House Paul Ryan speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

House Speaker Paul Ryan is not seeking re-election and will retire from Congress after this year, the Wisconsin Republican announced Wednesday.

"This morning Speaker Ryan shared with his colleagues that this will be his past year as a member of the House", Ryan aide Brendan Buck said in a statement cited by CNN.

"This year will be my last one as a member of the House", Ryan told reporters after delivering the surprising news to his GOP colleagues in a closed-door meeting.

His most significant achievement as speaker was securing a $1.5tr tax cut for U.S. voters - one of the flagship victories of Mr Trump's term and a personal cause for Mr Ryan.

We have no respect for Ryan because as the Speaker he is supposed to be one of the checks on the power of President Trump. The Democratic Party controls 192 seats. Ryan reluctantly ran to replace then-Speaker Boehner of OH, who retired after sparring regularly with the most conservative members of his conference, including many members of the House Freedom Caucus.

"Am I going to be Speaker?"

Since taking the Speaker's gavel Ryan has struggled to unite different factions of the Republican party.

Wisconsin Congressman and House Speaker Paul Ryan says he won't be running for re-election this fall. "We are with you Paul!" the president tweeted. He was former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012.

President Donald Trump and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle praised Ryan for his service.

State Representative Jimmy Anderson released the following statement in response to the announcement that Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) will not seek reelection.

During the 2016 election, Ryan chastised Trump over his racially tinged comments and his crude remarks about women, caught on an "Access Hollywood" tape.

"Not at all", Ryan said. It's fleeting, and that inspires you to do big things. "And I'm sure he's very proud of that tax bill".

Reporters asked about a possible "blue wave" coming in the 2018 midterm elections and Ryan replied, "Americans do not want gridlock the democrats are promising".

"America stands on the shoulders of the giants who have gone before us because they put country first", McMorris Rodgers said in a statement.

He said his decision is what's best for his family. The frontrunners for the position are believed to be House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

Ryan's announcement is certain to set off a major succession battle. Will there be a conservative alternative to the current leadership team to succeed Ryan? Ryan "recently" came to the conclusion that wasn't the best path for him, one of the sources said.

He continued: "But the truth is it's easy for it to take over everything in your life and you can't just let that happen".

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