GOP Rep. says Paul Ryan may resign as Speaker ‘in the next 30 to 60 days’

Paul Ryan

On Monday, Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., said that rumor has it House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., may soon resign as Speaker, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.

“The rumor mill is that Paul Ryan is getting ready to resign in the next 30 to 60 days and that Steve Scalise will be the new Speaker,” he said.

“Now that is interesting because nobody has talked to members (of the U.S. House) on how they are going to vote (on new leadership),” he added. “Now, maybe they have talked to all of the members but me. I don’t know, so that is the rumor mill from last week.”

According to the Gazette-Journal:

Scalise, from Louisiana’s 1st U.S. House District, is currently the House majority whip, responsible for rounding up votes on various bills and issues. In June of 2017, he was shot during practice for the congressional baseball team in Virginia. He survived after being in critical condition and returned to Congress in late September of 2017.

This is not the first time resignation rumors about Ryan, of Wisconsin, have surfaced. Last December, he said he was “soul searching” about his leadership role in the U.S. House.  At the time, he denied the rumors of resignation, saying they were “irresponsible.”

When asked why Ryan would resign now, Amodei said that maybe he has accomplished what he set out to do as the U.S. House leader and may want to move on to other challenges.

“I don’t know. If I was just guessing, he wanted to do the tax-cut bill,” he said. “You know, (former Speaker) John Boehner said the thing: ‘Hey, I checked all of the boxes I thought were important and I’m moving on to whatever else.'”

Amodei also suggested Ryan may be considering a run for the White House or some other national office.

“If it, in fact, is true, I know that Paul Ryan thinks he wants to play on the national stage in some capacity or another, so I don’t know what that means,”he said.

Ryan’s office, however, dismissed the rumor.

“The speaker is not resigning,” spokesperson AshLee Strong said, CBS News reported.

According to CBS:

Ryan, who is currently part of a congressional delegation to the Czech Republic, told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” in January that he would discuss running for reelection with his family before making a decision on the matter.

“Look, if we’re doing fine I have no plans of going anywhere any time soon,” Ryan said. “But that’s something that my wife and I always decide in late spring of the election year.”

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