Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan not to seek re-election

11 April, 2018, 17:31 | Author: Angel Logan
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US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election this year, in a big blow to Republicans ahead of autumn's mid-term elections.

Ryan has served in the House of Representatives since 1999, and though sources say it's likely he would receive a re-election bid, he would have a more hard opponent to face in Democrat Randy Bryce. Ryan had made tax cuts a centerpiece of his legislative agenda, and Congress delivered on that late past year. He was former presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate for the 2012 election.

Ryan, 48, announced his plans at a closed-door meeting of House Republicans Wednesday morning, according to those present.

"Speaker Ryan sees what is coming in November, and is calling it quits rather than standing behind a House Republican agenda to increase healthcare costs for middle class families while slashing Social Security and Medicare to pay for his handouts to the richest and largest corporations", said Tyler Law, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The party has seen a large number of retirements, and Ryan's exit is certain to sap morale as Republicans seek to contain a surge in enthusiasm from Democrats, whose fortunes have been buoyed by the unpopularity of President Trump.

Following the announcement, President Donald Trump tweeted his thank you to Ryan. The two have had not had a close working relationship.

Axios news site first reported the news on Wednesday.

The lawmaker from Wisconsin, who has been in Congress since 1999 and became House speaker in 2015, was said to have phoned house majority leader Kevin McCarthy about his retirement shortly before the news broke.

"There's speculation and I've spoken with Paul and ultimately the speaker's going to be giving some comments later today", the Louisiana Republican said. Vos did not immediately return telephone or text messages. He had almost $2.3 million in the bank at the end of the first quarter. The only declared Republican was Paul Nehlen, who was banned from Twitter for a series of posts criticized as racist or anti-Semitic.

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