by Daveda Gruber:
The Speaker of the House will not run for re-election in November.
The Republican from Wisconsin, Paul Ryan, ran as 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s running mate.
Ryan played a key role in passing last year’s tax reform bill which was an issue close to his heart. It was something he has pushed for years.
Ryan has not had a good relationship with President Trump. He condemned Trump’s more controversial moves during the Trump campaign.
Trump has apparently made Ryan’s job frustrating. This motivated Ryan’s decision.
Trump was not happy with Congress last month with the $1.3 trillion spending bill. Ryan played a key role in crafting that bill.
Trump was angry about the bill’s failure to include funding for Trump’s border wall and a fix for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.
Ryan has had a reputation focusing on limited government and balanced budgets.
The decision by Ryan comes ahead of a tough midterm election cycle for House Republicans. Expectations are that it will be a struggle to keep control of the chamber.
The political environment played a role into Ryan’s thinking.
One GOP insider told Axios, “This is going to make every Republican donor believe the House can’t be held.”
He also said that his move was a “tectonic” shift ahead of the midterms.
My belief is that Ryan will not be missed. Many supporters of Trump have wanted Ryan to step down.
The fact that he not running again will make his retirement happen in January.
I think that it would be better if Ryan stepped down much sooner.
Maybe a new House leader is needed to be in place before midterms? Who will be the next Republican speaker? Who will run?
Many questions and not too many answers.