Today, rumor had it that Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan was retiring after the 2018 midterms. However, Ryan is claiming that this is not true and that he will not be leaving Congress anytime soon.
Ryan laughed at the notion when he was questioned about the possibility of him quitting “soon” and he replied, “I’m not, no,” as he exited the stage.
I must admit, I was pretty excited when Politico broke the story about Ryan the RINO leaving Congress.
The House and Senate are expected to pass a final version of their historic tax-cuts bill next week, with President Trump planning to sign it into law by Christmas Day.
In early November, a number of Ryan’s GOP colleagues told The Hill that the Speaker could pass tax reform and quickly quit Congress, choosing to go out on top with a victory rather than wait to be forced out like his predecessor, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Last month, a lawmaker close to Ryan said, “There is certainly a school of thought that says ‘leave on a high note.’ And passage of tax reform would be a high note for a guy that’s spent 18 years in Congress working on it.”
The rumors of Ryan’s possible departure kicked into high gear this week after HuffPost published a piece titled: “When will Paul Ryan step down?”
The story prompted a reporter Thursday to ask Ryan whether he planned to step down anytime soon.
Later Thursday, Politico published a lengthy story detailing that the 47-year-old Speaker has told close confidants that he will retire after the 2018 midterm election. A native of Janesville, Wis., Ryan was first elected to the House in 1998, and went on to serve as chairman of the Ways and Means and Budget committees as well as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate in 2012.
Right now, it’s unclear who could succeed Ryan if he decides to quit in the coming weeks or at the end of his term. There is no clear heir apparent.