Paul Ryan announces retirement from Congress

12 April, 2018, 00:53 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • House speaker Paul Ryan reportedly says he won't seek re-election

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said Wednesday that he does not think his retirement this year will hurt Republicans chances of keeping the majority in the House. "That's why today I'm announcing that they shall be my last one as a member of the House".

"You all know that I did not seek this job", he said at a news conference.

Ryan's exit also adds another potential target for Democrats looking to take over the House this year. But Ryan has had a rocky relationship with President Trump, and condemned Trump's more controversial moves on a number of occasions during the campaign. "But I took it reluctantly and gave it all I had".

But in a statement after Ryan announced he won't seek re-election, the majority whip didn't say whether he's interested in succeeding his colleague from Wisconsin as House speaker.

Curiously, the 48-year-old politician stated that he would be "leaving this majority in good hands with what I believe is a very bright future".

Some feel Ryan is getting out of Congress before Republicans lose control of the House and he does not want to keep fighting bombastic President Donald Trump and having to come up with new excuses for his behavior.

"Republicans" have been an unmitigated disaster, and in recent months even USA president Donald Trump has gotten in on their swamp maintenance efforts. 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. "I just can't let that happen", he said. 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. 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.

"We can all read between the lines", said moderate Republican Rep. Charlie Dent from Pennsylvania.

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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.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says tax cuts passed a year ago will secure House Speaker Paul Ryan's legacy.

Ryan's departure comes as Republicans fear a Democratic wave in both the House and Senate in 2018.

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"I talked to him before a while back when it was kind of the start of the rumblings this might be the case".

In 2012, Ryan was Mitt Romney's running mate in the presidential election. On Wednesday, Ryan said that increasing defense spending and the reform of the tax code were his two biggest achievements. Republicans who run instead of Ryan "will just be Ryan-lite", Myers said.

Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, has been in Congress since 1999 and became House speaker in 2015. At the time, hardline House conservatives had expressed misgivings about McCarthy and it became clear that, even if he won a majority of the GOP conference, he would not get the votes needed to win a public roll call on the House floor to certify that election.

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