US House Speaker Ryan will not seek re-election

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Washington, United States: The most powerful Republican in the US Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan, says he will not seek re-election in November, in a blow to President Donald Trump´s party as it braces for a battle to keep its congressional majority.

"Stay tuned for more retirements as Republicans increasingly realize that their midterm prospects are doomed", said Tyler Law, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Other Republicans, such as New York Representative Peter King, expressed wariness about the bid by conservatives, who've pressed the party not to compromise with Democrats. He says he'll be keeping his role as the Speaker through January and that he's expecting to hand off the gavel to another Republican.

"Well, he has the authority under the existing AUMF", Ryan said Thursday, adding later, "With respect to the authorities, the existing AUMF. gives him the authority to do what he needs to do, what he may or may not do".

Mr Ryan also said he has been assured by the White House that President Trump does not intend to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating potential collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation, or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mr Mueller's probe.

"Realistically, the chances were low of anything getting done anyway", Feehery said.

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Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, told reporters he thinks Ryan may make a final push on entitlement reforms this year.

Banks said that Ryan, who announced earlier in the day that he will not seek re-election this year in his Wisconsin district, "deserves an enormous amount of credit, if not most of the credit" for legislation enacted late last year that cut income taxes and increased military sending. "He and I are good friends", said Scalise, who, like McCarthy, is a favorite of President Trump's. "It works better to have private conversations than public disputes", Ryan said. Additionally, this slump in Ryan's favorable ratings occurred soon after Trump took office, perhaps affecting Democrats' views of the House speaker.

Ryan visited a private gathering of Republican leaders in Fort Wayne last May in part to thank Banks for voting in favor of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Voters, elected officials and potential candidates weighed in on Ryan's legacy - and what's next.

The speaker also said President Trump's chaotic leadership style didn't factor into his retirement decision, but some members privately worry that it will be hard to escape the perception that the Republican Party is suffering from a crisis of unity and planning.

"When I look at that picture, Mr. Speaker, I have to say, I don't see anyone that looks like me, in terms of color or gender", King said. The speaker is a lame duck, and as we've seen in the MA state Senate lately, that can set in motion a succession battle that leads to turmoil and tension. It's not about Paul Ryan. Ryan sees no big goals within reach during the second half of Trump's term. Democrats now control just 49 seats in the chamber, with prospects for only a handful more in the most optimistic election scenarios.

Any ambitious House leader could help his or her cause by agreeing to the conservatives' demands, in part a response to the huge deficit expansion created by the spending deal and December's Republican tax overhaul package. "So they're two very different races, and that's what we saw when Boehner left, who could garner 218 votes".

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