Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Paul Ryan is giving up

Paul Ryan is giving up

And now, like more and more fellow Republicans in the House, he is abandoning ship. Once you've had a taste of the high life with the extra leg room, free movies and unlimited booze, it's impossible to force yourself back into 36E next to the screaming children, oversized bags and emotional-support peacocks.

The House speaker pushed through a tax bill that benefited the rich and major corporations with large and permanent tax cuts while giving smaller temporary tax cuts to the middle class.

Ryan, who has had a hard relationship with Trump, thanked the president for giving him the chance to move the GOP ahead.

For many Republicans, Ryan has been "a steady force in contrast to the president's more mercurial tone", said Rep. Mark Sanford of SC.

If anything, Ryan's decision "frees up the speaker to raise more money for Republicans across the country", said Corry Bliss, executive director at the Congressional Leadership Fund, the political action committee at the forefront of Republican efforts to maintain a House majority.

Ryan on Sunday again stressed his focus on his family. "His bigoted rhetoric and his reprehensible statements should disqualify him from holding any public office, and we are confident voters in Southern Wisconsin feel the same way".

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Republican tax bill Ryan pushed a year ago will result in a federal deficit of $1.5 trillion in 2020. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney won the district by 5 points in 2012, when Ryan was on the ballot as the vice presidential nominee.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan says he'll remain the top Republican in the GOP-controlled chamber until retiring in January, despite calls for a fast leadership transition and concerns from within his caucus about a dragged-out process hurting the party in the November midterms. He has had more trust with the hardliners in the House. "We are with you Paul!" tweeted the president on Wednesday. "His ability to bridge the vast divide".

However, Louisiana's Scalise has indicated he won't challenge McCarthy if the California lawmaker seeks the speakership.

"Leadership has never been on my bucket list, and it's not on my bucket list today", he said. The announcement will help Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in his fundraising because "the Senate becomes the last bastion", the Republican said.

McCarthy, the House majority leader, talked up the provocative spending cuts on Thursday. He has hauled in $54 million so far this election cycle.

They include prominent traditionalists like Senator Bob Corker, congressmen Ed Royce, Mr Bob Goodlatte, and centrists Charlie Dent and Mr Dave Reichert. "It's just another issue that's floating out there, and obviously there's going to be some competition for his successor".

"They're middle of the road in temperament, and I think that no matter what happens in November, that's a big brain drain and loss of experience in Congress for the Republican Party", said Dr Matthew Green, a Catholic University professor who has taught on politics in the age of Trump.

The answer lies paradoxically in Ryan's idealism, rooted in his youthful fascination with the philosophy of Ayn Rand.

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