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House Speaker Paul Ryan leaving Congress

12 April, 2018, 00:14 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election

So, yes, I'm sure Ryan was afraid his party was going to lose the majority in November. Presumably, he's using the term "weekend dad" to mean that he would only see his kids on weekends, though that's one of two potential definitions of "weekend dad", according to wiktionary. Ryan said he achieved much of what he had hoped to on the legislative front and explained that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

"I think the next few weeks will determine whether that happens or not", Meadows said. "So I will be setting new priorities in my life".

The speaker directed his aides to never definitely say he was running for re-election, and his public comments always gave him the room to step down next year. "I will serve my full term as I was elected to do".

He will probably compete with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, for the job.

The news of Ryan's retirement was first reported by Axios.

His counterpart in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Ryan's legacy would be that of a "transformational conservative leader", citing tax reform and securing increased funding for the military. "I took it reluctantly", he told reporters - again - at the press conference. "Not in fact, but probably in practicality". During the past year, the group raised in excess of $11 million and now has more than $9 million on hand, the most for any lawmaker in the House, records from the Center for Responsive Politics show.

The house speaker announced his plans at a closed-door meeting of Republican lawmakers Wednesday morning.




In Congress, Mr Ryan earned a reputation as a fiscal policy expert, serving as chairman of the House Budget Committee from 2011 until 2015, but as speaker was a driving force behind a Republican tax overhaul passed by Congress previous year that is projected to balloon the federal deficit.

The clean-cut conservative, who has served in the House since 1999, was the Republican vice-presidential running mate for Mitt Romney in 2012.

The House speaker has scheduled a news conference for 10 am local time. "First and foremost, Paul is a family man and we admire him for that".

A separate Republican source close to Ryan, who declined to be named, told CNBC that the committee transferred more than $40 million to the NRCC, meaning that the funds could be used in other ways beyond just helping campaigns.

Instead she applauded Ryan as an "avid advocate for his point of view and for the people of his district". "Despite our differences, I commend his steadfast commitment to our country".

Ryan was listed as a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee target in 2018, and the DCCC added ironworker Randy Bryce to its "Red to Blue" program for promising candidates, which provides additional committee support.

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