Speaker Ryan's retirement could shift power in congress

Paul Ryan’s retirement A ‘self-promotion’ that makes sense

When Paul Ryan retires as U.S. House speaker and returns to Wisconsin after 20 years in Washington, he will find a state with shifting political and economic sands.

That deal also significantly raised US military spending this year as demanded by Republicans. The 48 year old lawmaker says he does not want to end up a weekend father to his children.

"If I am here for one more term my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad".

He continued: "But the truth is it's easy for it to take over everything in your life and you can't just let that happen".

The timing is notable for what it signals about a divided GOP and the approaching midterm elections. Republicans are deeply divided, and sense a blue wave approaching in the November elections.

In the meantime, the scramble to succeed Ryan atop the Republican conference - if not the House majority - could prove intense, some said.

"Paul Ryan is an institution here in Janesville and also in the 1st Congressional District".

His youthful appearance, commitment to physical fitness, and family portrait made him a poster boy for Midwestern values.

Ryan, who has had a hard relationship with Trump, thanked the president for giving him the chance to move the GOP ahead.

All this is profoundly sad because Paul Ryan is a serious man and a decent man - a compassionate conservative who was actually both things. If Republicans lose control of the House, Speaker Ryan will have to hand over his gavel to San Fran Ma'am Nancy Pelosi. "I took it reluctantly". As The New York Times pointed out as early as 2006, "spending more time with family" can be a cover-up for another, more private reason.

It would hardly assure that Trump's opponents could force him from office.

Nevertheless, he worked with the president on a massive tax cut that passed a year ago, succeeding also in turning back the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate to buy health insurance or pay a fee.

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Ryan certainly has his detractors. Other Republican seats that were presumed safe could also be in play if Ryan is unable to fundraise effectively, Miller said.

While Republicans still like Paul Ryan, his imminent departure as Speaker - next January or perhaps sooner - won't break too many up. And there's little doubt that a Democratic-controlled House would seek to impeach the president.

As for Ryan's replacement as House Speaker? Or will he keep any dissonant thoughts to himself, in an effort to maintain party unity at a time of great challenge?

Over the years, Ryan voted for and presided over multiple budget resolutions that continued the more than $500 million Planned Parenthood receives from taxpayers annually.

"My guess is he'll do what he can to help his party", says Professor Green.

"I think who the next Speaker will be, will certainly be decided before November", Meadows told reporters.

Green warns that the party could get consumed by a leadership battle to replace Ryan.

"Paul Ryan is really a symptom of a larger problem facing the GOP, which is that they have committed to an agenda and a coalition that is not a nationally viable coalition", said Williamson. Just last month, the neo-Nazi Arthur Jones won the Republican nomination for an IL congressional seat after the party failed to nominate another candidate.

In the librarian's office just prior to the speech, a reporter asked Ryan if choosing Lee to introduce him was a "tip of the cap" to conservatives. "Having not had a dad for a long time, it brings you much closer to your kids and your family", Ryan told The Associated Press in 2014.

"Then, when he leaves the White House, they revert back".

He is giving up on his caucus, his party, his president, and the job. "So I will be setting new priorities in my life", he added.

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