Rep. Mark Amodei, a Republican from Nevada, said that Rep. Paul Ryan may soon resign as Speaker of the House. Amodei said he was repeating a rumor that’s going around Capitol Hill.
“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,” Amodei 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),” Amodei said. “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.”
Steve Scalise, from Louisiana, is currently the House majority whip. He is responsible for rounding up votes on various bills and issues. Scalise survived after being shot during a congressional baseball practice and returned to Congress within a few months. It is being speculated that Scales could run for Ryan’s position.
Last December, Ryan said that he was “soul searching” about his leadership role in the U.S. House. He denied rumors of resignation, saying they were “irresponsible.”
When Amodei was asked why Ryan might resign now, he 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,” Amodei 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 hinted that Ryan might be thinking about running for President or another high 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,” Amodei said.
Amodei dismissed the notion that Ryan would go to work in the White House or somewhere else in the Trump administration with a presidential appointment.
“You asked me so I’m going to answer you,” Amodei said. “And my speculation is this: The White House and Paul Ryan would probably not be a great fit.”
Ryan has had a hot and cold relationship with the president. Ryan and Trump have disagreed on the president’s tariffs for steel and aluminum, Ryan was critical of Trump’s derogatory comments about immigration from Haiti and Africa, and they both also disagreed on the funding of Trump’s border wall with Mexico.
“Paul was a ‘Never Trumper’ for awhile and then they kind of made up,” Amodei said. “Heck, when you talk about the Omnibus (spending) bill, Ryan was down at the White House earlier in the week and I assumed (they were) discussing why there wasn’t more (border) Wall money in there or something like that.
“So I would be very surprised if there were an open-arms (invitation) at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, for a ‘come on into the (Trump) Administration, Mr. Cheese Guy.’”
Ryan’s office did respond on Monday issuing a statement to TheHill.com:
Ryan’s office denied that the Speaker is heading for the exit. Ryan has said he and his wife will decide in the spring about whether he will run for reelection.
“The speaker is not resigning,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement Monday.
Rumors have been swirling all year about the speaker of the House. One thing is for sure if Steve Scalise becomes the Speaker of the House it would be a huge win for the President. Unlike Ryan Scalise is a big supporter of the President and would easily help push the President Agenda through Congress.
Credit: Reno Gazette Journal