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Congressman Greg Gianforte Salutes Retiring Speaker Paul Ryan

Congressman Greg Gianforte Salutes Retiring Speaker Paul Ryan

Investigative reporter Dave Lindorff told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear that Ryan's departure is predictive of a Democratic victory wave in the House in November, especially since Ryan joins almost 30 other House Republicans who announced their retirement from the lower chamber this year.

"It's going to set off an intramural war among Republicans on who is going to be the next speaker".

"We have advanced a very impressive agenda, we ran on an agenda in 2016, we won the election and we've been executing it ever since". Because of midterm trends that typically favor the party that doesn't hold the White House, special elections losses for the GOP and President Donald Trump's historic unpopularity, political analysts predict Republicans will lose their majority in the House and possibly the Senate as well.

"Realistically, the chances were low of anything getting done anyway", Feehery said.

Ryan, a Republican from Janesville, Wisconsin, was first elected to Congress in 1998.

On the Republican side, Paul Nehlen, who threw his hat into the ring past year, said Ryan has a list of accomplishments but he can improve on them. "It works better to have private conversations than public disputes", Ryan said.

It's tough enough to go from being the speaker to being a regular member of the House - if his colleagues decide to blame him for their losses, it will be downright humiliating.

As if to mollify any differences between him and Ryan, Trump tweeted: "Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question".

Jordan urged pushing for the cuts to Democrats' domestic priorities, along with welfare changes and tougher oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has investigated Russia's role in the 2016 USA presidential election. I'm not going to run for president. On Wednesday morning, Ryan confirmed his plans not to run for re-election.

Ryan's decision was timely.

Ryan has been in Congress since 1999 and became House speaker in 2015 after serving successively as chair of the House Budget Committee and chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. "One can hardly imagine a more obvious signal that Ryan fears the prospect, if not of losing his own seat, than of losing the majority and hence his speakership", Washington Post opinion columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote Wednesday.

He was a vice presidential candidate in 2012, on a ticket with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

"I just think that's been important to him for two decades", Walker said.

We need more Ryans, not fewer. Ryan had to navigate the waters of a party that was not only fighting from within, but that was hijacked by a president whose erratic behavior has never been helpful.

Ryan, a prolific fundraiser for the party, raised $US11 million ($14 million) in the first quarter of 2018 to bring his total for the current election cycle to $54 million. At issue is a resurgent move by conservative Republicans to rescind, or cut about $60 billion in non-defense domestic spending increases that were key to winning Democratic votes.