House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in November, dealing a blow to Republican efforts to keep their majority in the House and setting in motion a GOP leadership battle to succeed him. But GOP lawmakers said they understood his decision.
Speaker Paul Ryan has announced that he will not seek re-election for his congressional seat in November. Trump's low approval ratings and controversial 14 months in office have heartened Democrats about their chances of recapturing the House majority they lost to the Republicans at the end of 2010.
At a Capitol Hill press conference minutes after telling the GOP caucus of his decision, Ryan noted, "You realize something when you take this job". "I took it reluctantly".
"Despite our differences, I commend his steadfast commitment to our country", Pelosi said in a statement. But I have given this job everything that I have, and I have no regrets whatsoever for having accepted this responsibility.
"I can't let that happen", he said.
The Republican from Wisconsin will retire in January before the start of the next legislative session, said Brendan Buck, counselor to the speaker. "Leadership positions were never on my bucket list", Meadows said in an e-mail to Bloomberg News. Rumours had been swirling in conservative circles for months that he was eying the exits.
Others just speculated about the House Speaker's possible political future. He's had frequent clashes with Donald Trump, and their differences - in temperament and policy - continue to be stark. O'Neill departed knowing he would face a divided Washington, at least for the remaining two years of Republican president Ronald Reagan's term.
The party, deeply fractured between conservatives and moderates, has been described as ungovernable.
Bryce had raised a staggering amount of money for a House challenger, thanks in part to his national profile garnered from a viral introduction video and the fact that he is taking one of the most powerful Republicans.
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Trump paid tribute to Ryan as "a truly good man".
"Stay tuned for more retirements as Republicans increasingly realise that their midterm prospects are doomed", the fundraising committee added.
The pair have frequently butted heads since Mr Trump entered the White House but were successful achieving their shared dream of passing substantial tax cuts late past year.
"This morning Speaker Ryan shared with his colleagues that this will be his past year as a member of the House".
He became Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012.
"This is a job that does not last forever", Ryan told reporters.
The leader of House Speaker Paul Ryan's campaign team says Ryan has no plans to endorse if there is a Republican primary in the race to replace him.
Ryan was elected the 54th House speaker in October 2015 after then-House Speaker John Boehner abruptly retired.