Wed. 10:20 am: House Speaker Paul Ryan won't seek re-election

Claiming he's accomplished a "heckuva lot", House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election and ...

Ryan is by far the most prominent figure fleeing Congress in a long season of Republican retirements. When I took this job, one of my conditions was that we aim high.

Shortly after the official announcement US President Donald Trump expressed his support for Mr Ryan.

Hoping to push forward on conservative legislation, Ryan worked with the president more than against, but he was still - on a near-daily basis - quizzed by reporters on the latest Trump tweet or sound-off. He says he has given the job "everything that I have". "He will serve out his full term, run through the tape, and then retire in January", Ryan counselor Brendan Buck said in a statement that was shared by Roll Call. I just can't let that happen.

The speaker will frame his decision as one of putting family first - and, with young children, the fundraising and legislative duties of the office are burdensome - but it's impossible not to view the move in a larger political context. He told reporters the decision was a personal one, explaining he did not want his children growing up with a "weekend dad". If we do our jobs, which we are, we will be fine as a majority. During the past year, the group raised in excess of $11 million and now has more than $9 million on hand, the most for any lawmaker in the House, records from the Center for Responsive Politics show.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says tax cuts passed previous year will secure House Speaker Paul Ryan's legacy.

Responding to rumours about an imminent departure in December 2017, Ryan told Republican colleagues the was "not going anywhere". He is the 25th Republican lawmaker to announce his retirement this year.

The maneuvering is playing out inside both the Democratic and Republican conferences - because both parties are also competing for control of the House in the 2018 elections.

"Paul Ryan is a person of true integrity who I have had the great fortune to know over the last eight years", GOP Sen.

In 2012, Ryan was the vice presidential nominee, working alongside Mitt Romney. On Wednesday, Ryan said that increasing defense spending and the reform of the tax code were his two biggest achievements. As Speaker he found himself sandwiched between the GOP hard right and mainstream Republicans along with the controversial and ever-changing president who has turned to using tariffs to spark a trade war that the Speaker opposes and feels is a violation of the free market.

With Ryan's decision to not seek reelection, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise could seek the speaker job, with McCarthy as the favourite.

He served as the chairman of the House Budget Committee from 2011-15 and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in 2015, which is primarily responsible for tax policy issues, but also oversees Medicare, Social Security and unemployment benefits.

Before he can run against a Republican candidate in November, Bryce first faces Cathy Myers in the Democratic primary for the seat.


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