House Speaker Ryan to quit, in blow to Republicans

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House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election after months of rumors to that effect

Yuri Gripas Reuters House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election after months of rumors to that effect

"Not only on who is the speaker but who's going to be minority leader".

"I've said this many times: The litmus test for being Republican these days is not about any given set of ideals or principles". "You all know that I did not seek this job", he said. "I think they should be allowed to do their jobs, we have a rule of law in this country and it's a principle we all uphold". But I have given this job everything I have no regrets whatsoever for having accepted this responsibility. "And you can't just let that happen", he said. "It's not good to be a weekend dad or a weekend husband". Ryan says he has done what he wanted to do in D.C. and that he is exhausted of being a "weekend" dad to his three teenagers who live with his wife in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Mr Ryan said that he will retire in January, after finishing his congressional term.

Additional household Republicans assert that Ryan's announced retirement, after roughly 2 years Congress, would reduce his ability to boost funds - a action that yields millions of dollars for GOP candidates. That deal also significantly raised U.S. military spending this year as demanded by Republicans.

Mr Ryan also said he has been assured by the White House that President Trump does not intend to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating potential collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation, or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mr Mueller's probe. Rumours had been swirling in conservative circles for months that he was eying the exits. "It's one of the reasons why I was comfortable making this decision, actually".

Rumors about Ryan´s departure have swirled for months in Washington, where earlier this year the talk of his retirement grew so loud that the speaker publicly knocked down the reports.

"Historically, the party of the president loses a number of seats in the first midterm election".

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Brian Fitzgerald lives in Janesville and said Ryan's justification of spending more time with family is admirable.

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

President Donald Trump carried the district by 10 points in 2016.

In the photo, which was tweeted Wednesday night, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are surrounded by five members of congressional Republican leadership, including Ryan. And that's challenging. If you're a member of Congress right now, particularly in a swing or marginal district, and you go out there and you put some distance between yourself and the president, well guess what?

His most important achievement as speaker was passage in December of a major tax overhaul that included steep cuts in corporate taxes.

And Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News this morning said that on the need there should be a new AUMF for Syria, there should be a debate in Congress.

Amid weeks of speculation about Ryan's death, the contest because of his post was being believed a two man race amongst home Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the No. 2 man in GOP House direction, also Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the No. 3 male.

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