Paul Ryan and the Exodus of Republicans From Congress

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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., endorsed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for speaker Friday, a move likely meant to clear the field and make way for his top deputy.

Ryan says he has done what he wanted to do in D.C. and that he is exhausted of being a "weekend" dad to his three teenagers who live with his wife in Janesville, Wisconsin. "That has prevented Republicans and Democrats alike from doing their jobs offering amendments on the House floor, and put this Congress on track to become the most closed Congress ever".

So you better make the most of it."He reminded reporters that he took the job "reluctantly" in 2015, when he took over from John Boehner, but Ryan also said he has no "regrets". "He may feel personally liberated, but I don't think he'll want to be known as the speaker who cost Republicans control of the House, either". I look forward to ensuring the 1st Congressional District continues to be represented by a Republican.

While Ryan was crucial in getting the tax cuts passed, a prime Trump goal, he and the president have had a hard relationship.

Mr Ryan, who portrayed his decision as one driven by wanting to spend more time with his family, has had a rocky relationship with Republican President Donald Trump.

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Doing so, however, could risk alienating Republican conservatives such as Representative Jim Jordan, a leading member of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus, at a politically delicate time given the looming leadership shake-up in the House and November's elections that have Republicans struggling to persuade voters of their fiscal conservatism. "It's just another issue that's floating out there, and obviously there's going to be some competition for his successor". "Donors who are committed to making sure Republicans hold onto the majority will do whatever they have to do to make that happen", he said. Wisconsin House Speaker Robin Vos, who has championed Republican Gov. Scott Walker's agenda, decided not to run. David Craig. Longtime Ryan friend Bryan Steil, an attorney and University of Wisconsin Board of Regents member, could throw his hat into the ring. He had almost $2.3 million in the bank at the end of the first quarter. Bernie Sanders and NARAL Pro-Choice America, faces a Democratic primary challenge from Janesville teacher Cathy Myers.

The only declared Republicans so far are white supremacist Paul Nehlen, who was banned from Twitter earlier this year for a series of posts criticized as racist and anti-Semitic, and Nick Polce, an Army veteran who co-owns a security-consulting firm.

"Despite our differences, I commend his steadfast commitment to our country", she said in a statement. Ryan sat down with "CBS This Morning" co-anchor Gayle King just one day after he announced that he would be retiring from Congress in January, to share just went into his decision to leave. Work requirements are now a mainstay of conservative health policy.

This report includes information from The Associated Press.

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