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US Speaker Paul Ryan to leave Congress

12 Abril 2018, 02:46 | Bibiana Flor

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"While he did not seek the position, he told his colleagues that serving as a speaker has been the professional honor of his life, and he thanked them for the trust they placed in him", Buck said.

The world waited Wednesday for President Trump's response to the alleged chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad on civilians in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus. And since it's always easier for incumbents to keep a seat than for a newcomer to win a vacancy, the exodus reflects the GOP's challenge and makes it worse.

But it no doubt could have a deflating effect on Republican efforts to maintain their control of Congress. His retirement has stoked speculation he could be eyeing a presidential campaign in 2020 or beyond, potentially putting him in competition with Trump or Vice President Mike Pence.

It's almost hard to believe, but I have been a member of Congress for almost two decades.

Now, some key questions: Did one of the most powerful Republicans essentially concede that Democrats will likely take the House in November? Unfortunately, they do for too many members of Congress. "I really thought when I took this job, Jake, that this is probably the last elected office I would have". Since his announced retirement, Ryan's seat shifted from solid Republican to lean Republican, according to a new assessment by David Wasserman, who watches House seats closely for the independent Cook Political Report.


The Short List is a compilation of stories from across USA TODAY. Trump has praised McCarthy and Scalise in the past.

Rep. Mark Walker, chair of the influential Republican Study Committee, encouraged Ryan's push.

While Ryan's goal has been to advance conservative principles, Donald Trump's candidacy and eventual victory upended much of his messaging. As Mitt Romney's pick for Vice President in 2012, he never quite shook the bug for a presidential run of his own. It's time to turn the page.

Trump's simmering anger at Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation includes possible collusion with Russia by Trump's presidential campaign, erupted again this week after an FBI raid on Monday targeted the president's personal attorney, Michael Cohen. "I have given this job everything I have".

"I want to thank Speaker Ryan for his patriotic service to the Republican Party and in the United States House of Representatives". That will encourage donors to close their wallets and depress the energy of activists.


At the same time, Ryan, a lifelong admirer of Ayn Rand, the philosopher of selfishness, dreamed of destroying the safety net, eviscerating Medicaid, privatizing Medicare, slashing food stamps, and generally making life in America more cruel and unpleasant for all those who aren't wealthy. The record number of retirements - up to 39 with Ryan's announcement - has already sent signals the party isn't confident in its chances.

Ryan has made a big difference for Republicans. Several GOP veterans have announced plans to retire in recent months and another, Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida, followed Ryan on Wednesday.

Once home to U.S. automaker plants in Kenosha and Janesville, the area from south-central Wisconsin to Milwaukee's blue-collar south side was represented by Democrat Les Aspin for more than 20 years before plant closures chipped away at its union-Democrat profile. Democrats, meanwhile, are facing about half of that number with only 18 of their members not running for re-election to the House. Asked to what degree Mr Trump's presidency influenced his decision not to seek re-election, Mr Ryan said, "Not at all".

The Wisconsin Republican, who has over two years of experience being a House speaker, underscored that he wanted to spend some time with his kids.

Ryan was elected speaker in 2015 after the tumultuous tenure of Ohio Rep. John Boehner, who faced the ire of conservative Republicans who openly challenged his leadership.




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