Paul Ryan stuns Republicans by quitting Capitol Hill

Paul Ryan stuns Republicans by quitting Capitol Hill

Paul Ryan stuns Republicans by quitting Capitol Hill

US Republican heavyweight Paul Ryan has announced that he will retire and not seek another term in the upcoming mid-term congressional elections in November.

"He has a history of winning his district quite easily, even in more hard years for Republican candidates but now with his retirement, it creates an open seat and open seats are always more competitive for the party that didn't hold it going into the election", Murray says. He became speaker in 2015 only because he was an acceptable compromise between warring Republican factions.

"Well, he has the authority under the existing AUMF", Ryan said Thursday, adding later, "With respect to the authorities, the existing AUMF. gives him the authority to do what he needs to do, what he may or may not do".

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

Dent said Ryan was always a "reluctant speaker" who was frustrated by the GOP divisions and the Trump administration.

House Speaker Paul Ryan's retirement stunner is the equivalent of the captain of a ship jumping overboard before it sinks.

Trump related to Ryan's decision in a post on Twitter on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump said Ryan is a "truly good man". We are proud of Paul and the work he has achieved over the years.

Paul Ryan stuns Republicans by quitting Capitol Hill
Paul Ryan stuns Republicans by quitting Capitol Hill

Before Ryan made his announcement, two Democrats were looking to unseat him - including iron worker Randy Bryce who announced his candidacy last summer.

At 48, Ryan is young enough to go home, spend time with his family, earn some money, run for governor of Wisconsin, and then still forge a presidential campaign.

Last month, Democrat Conor Lamb won a special election in a Pennsylvania district so historically safe for Republicans that Democrats hadn't bothered to run a candidate in 2016 and 2014. Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., said an emotional Ryan "choked up a few times trying to get through" his remarks to colleagues and received three standing ovations.

The Congressional elections are due in November.

Speaker Ryan's decision not to run for reelection signifies the troubles Republicans face in this year's midterms, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan said. Friends say he will bide his time and see whether the political climate and party change.

In their failed effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act in 2017 Republicans, led by Ryan in the House, set their sights on not just rolling back the health law's expansion of Medicaid but also turning it into a block grant program. The absence of a clear successor to Ryan could allow an influential bloc of far-right conservatives to gain more power among House Republicans. 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.

He is one among the 30 House republicans who have chose to retire.

Ryan was criticised by Democrats for what they saw as his failure to stand up to Trump and firmly confront the President on matters such as Trump's frequent attacks on USA law enforcement and the President's alienation of United States allies and abandonment of longstanding Republican principles like free trade.

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